Texas Oral Health Coalition
It shall be the mission of the Texas Oral Health Coalition to promote oral health across the lifespan. The purpose of the coalition is to promote optimal oral health for all Texans through a statewide partnership.
   Volume: 1, Issue: 8                                 www.txohc.org                                  June 28, 2013Top
In This Issue

Gov. Perry calls 2nd Session and Results of Dental Related Bills 

SBDE - Proposed Rule changes 


Congratulations to:

SBDE Appointees

HHSC OIG Chief Dental

ADHA Vice President


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2013 Oral Health Summit
Linking Interprofessionals Together To Achieve Optimal Health

November 22-23, 2013
Austin, TX

Governor Perry calls for 

2nd Special Session


 The 83rd Legislative session ended May 27, 2013 and Governor Rick Perry immediately announced a special session of the Texas Legislature to begin at 6:00 p.m. Monday, May 27, 2013 to consider redistricting legislation, funding transportation, juvenile justice and restricting abortion in Texas.   


When the 1st Special Session ended Tuesday, June 25th at midnight after a lengthy 11 hour filibuster by Senator Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, Governor Perry announced Wednesday the Legislature to begin 30 more days of work starting Monday, July 1st saying there is too much important work remaining undone for the people of Texas.  


Legislative Results for Dental Bills...


HB 1491 - Relating to the temporary licensing of a dentist who performs voluntary charity care.  

Signed by Governor 6/14/13 Effective Immediately


HB 595 - Relating to certain health programs and councils (Statewide Data Collection System)

Signed by Governor 6/14/13 Effective 9/1/2013


HB 3201 - Relating to the practice of dentistry; imposing surcharges and fees.

Signed by Governor 6/14/2013. This Act takes effect January 1, 2014, except Sections 1, 4, and 10 take effect September 1, 2013. 


HB 2483 - Relating to including oral health education as part of the coordinated health program for public elementary, middle, and junior high school students. 

Signed by the Governor 6/14/13 Effective Immediately


SB 8 - Relating to the provision and delivery of certain health and human services in this state, including the provision of those services through the Medicaid program and the prevention of fraud, waste, and abuse in that program and other programs.  

Signed by the Governor 6/14/13  Effective 9/1/13


SB 632 -Relating to contracts between optometrists or therapeutic optometrists and health maintenance organizations or insurers. 

Signed by Governor 6/14/13 Effective 9/1/13 


SB 7 - Relating to improving the delivery and quality of certain health and human services, including the delivery and quality of Medicaid acute care services and long-term services and supports.

Signed by Governor 6/14/13.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2013, except Section 6.06 takes effect January 1, 2014.


SB 497 - Relating to the number of semester credit hours required to earn an associate degree at public institutions of higher education. 

Signed by Governor 6/14/13 Effective Immediately


SB 162 - Relating to the occupational licensing of spouses of members of the military and the eligibility requirements for certain occupational licenses issued to applicants with military experience.  

Signed by Governor 5/18/13 Effective Immediately


HB 1395 - Relating to the exemption of registered dental laboratories from certain distributing and manufacturing licensing requirements.  

Signed by Governor 6/14/13 Effective 9/1/13


HB 86Relating to the criteria for review by the Sunset Advisory Commission of an agency that licenses an occupation.

Signed by Governor 6/14/13 Effective 9/1/13


State Board of Dental Examiners

Proposed Rule Change

Reminder that deadline is 7/20/13 to comment on Rule change posted in Texas Register on 6/21/13



22 TAC �101.1, �101.5 
FEES --------------------- Proposed fee schedule
22 TAC �102.1 
22 TAC �108.73 
Governor Appoints New Members to the
State Board of Dental Examiners
The Governor appoints all 15 members that serve a 6 year staggered term whose mission is to safeguard the dental health of Texans.  The 5 members whose new term begins in 2013 are:  

1.  Steven J. Austin was reappointed to the board to serve another six year term ending February 1, 2019.  Dr. Austin is an Amarillo dentist in private practice who received his bachelor's degree from West Texas State University, a master's degree in theology from the Dallas Theological Institute, and a Doctor of Dental Surgery from the Texas A&M University Baylor College of Dentistry.

2.  Kirby Bunel Jr. of Texarkana is an oral surgeon who received a bachelor's degree from Baylor University, a Doctor of Dental Surgery from the Baylor College of Dentistry and completed his oral and maxillofacial surgery residency at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. 
3.  Tim O'Hare of Farmers Branch is an attorney in private practice and owner of O'Hare Real Estate.  O'Hare received a bachelor's degree from the University of Texas and a law degree from the Southern Methodist University School of Law.
4.  Lois Palermo of League City is a clinical dental hygienist, examiner for the Western Regional Examination Board and chair of the Dental Hygiene Advisory Board. Palermo received an associate degree in dental hygiene from Del Mar College and a bachelor's degree from the University of Houston.
5.  Lewis White of Humble was reappointed to the board and is an attorney and corporate counsel for Innovative Paradigm Solutions. White received his bachelor's degree from McMurry University and law degree from the Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of Law. 

Change in DSHS OHP Leadership

Effective June 24, 2013 


Linda Altenhoff, DDS recently accepted a new legislatively mandated position as the Health and Human Services Commission Chief Dental Officer for the Office of Inspector General, Enforcement Division.


Margaret Bruch, LCSW, Health Screening and Case Management Unit Director for the Department of State Health Services will act as interim lead for the Texas Oral Health Program.



New ADHA Vice President Elected


Sandy Tesch, RDH, MSHP, Oral Health Program Specialist for the Texas Department of State Health Services was recently elected Vice President of the American Dental Hygienists' Association during their national annual convention in Boston, MA and as members gathered to celebrate 100 years of the dental hygiene profession.  
The Texas Oral Health Coalition
invites submissions for poster presentations for the 
2013 Oral Health Summit 
in Austin, TX
Friday, November 22, 2013
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