Special Legislative Update
 Volume: 3, Issue: 3                                  www.txohc.org                              March 3, 2015
In This Issue

HB 1581
Water Fluoridatio n

SB787 / HB 1940 -
Dental Hygiene Practitioners

SB571 / HB 1409 -
Local Anesthesia for RDH's

Appropriations HB1 & SB2
  • Reinstatement of the dental  loan repayment program
  • Clinic Operations Funding

HB812 / SB50

Revenue bonds to fund capital projects at public institutions of higher education


Current Status of Oral Health Related Bills 


Texas Oral Health Summit

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HB 1581

Relating to the duty of a water supply system to provide certain information to consumers regarding fluoride in drinking water.

This amendment singles out fluoride and would impose new costs and reporting rules on local Texas communities that are unnecessary.

The information this bill requires serves no other purpose than to alarm residents that there is something about fluoride to be concerned with and that the costs of fluoridating is more important than any other information about the operations of a community water system.

Water suppliers already provide annual Consumer Confidence Reports (CCR) as required by EPA. Fluoride is a constituent included in that report.

TxOHC White Paper on HB1581

Information Provided By:  Texas Oral Health Coalition, Inc.
SB 787 / HB 1940

Relating to the improvement of oral health care access through the regulation of dental hygiene practitioners, dental hygienists, and dentists in this state.

This bill includes dental hygiene practitioners, collaborative practice and telemedicine  to increase access to care.  For complete information please read Bill Text Here

Bill information found on Texas Legislature Online.
SB 571 / HB 1409

Relating to the regulation of the practice of dental hygiene.

To allow a Dentist to delegate the administration of local anesthesia to a properly trained Registered Dental Hygienist.  For additional information see :
Bill Text

Bill Text found on Texas Legislature Online

Oral Health Related Bills 

Included in:

Appropriations HB1 & SB2 

Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board



The Dental Education Loan Repayment Program (DELRP) provides loan repayment funds to general and pediatric dentists who agree to practice in a Dental Health Professional Shortage Area (DHPSA) in Texas and accept Medicaid assignments.  


DELRP does not appear to include dentists employed by the Texas Department of State Health Services Oral Health Program (DSHS OHP).

DELRP Statute


DELRP Fact Sheet

Information provided by: Texas Oral Health Coalition, Inc.


Texas dental schools incorporate clinical, real-life experiences for students as part of their education curriculum.  Students, under the supervision of dentists, provide needed dental care to underserved and special needs adults and children.

Currently, state funding for dental school clinic operations is not tied to any metric or formula.  As a result, the three schools have a wide range of clinic funding and on average, a dental school loses approximately $45 per patient visit.



The three Texas dental schools are proposing a strategy to convert funding for dental clinic operations into a formula. Funding would be based on the rolling two-year average number of patient visits to the school-owned dental clinics. In order to cover the full cost of each student-treated patient at a dental school's educational clinic, the formula would provide $45 per patient visit. 


Information Provided by: Texas Dental Association

HB812 similar to SB425
and very similar to SB150
( amounts vary depending on bill

Relating to authorizing the issuance of revenue bonds to fund capital projects at public institutions of higher education; making an appropriation.

Sections of interest that are dental related include:

Sec 55.1781. The Texas A&M University System; Additional Bonds ...
( 6) The Texas A&M University System Health Science Center ...
(B) $XXXXX for construction of a dental clinic facility at the Baylor College of Dentistry;

Sec. 55.1782 The University of Texas System; Additional Bonds ...
( 4) San Antonio, $XXXXX for the renovation of a medical and dental education building and the School of Nursing;

Information found on Texas Legislature Online
2015 Texas Legislative Update


The 84th Texas Legislative Session began January 13, 2015 and will run through June 1, 2015. 

For a listing of the current dental related bills in the House and Senate, please visit TxOHC.org/Legislative_Update.html

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