The WSDA and WAGD both oppose HB 2226 and SB 6126, which were introduced earlier this month as revised versions of HB 1310 (HB 1310 was automatically reintroduced). According to the WSDA, the following are the main differences between HB 1310 and the new bills:
"The Washington State Dental Association is committed to cost-effective, practical solutions to expand access to prevent disease and provide dental care," the WSDA states on its website. "These bills do not meet those basic principles. It doesn't make economic or practical sense and unnecessarily risks patient safety."
According to the WSDA, adoption of these bills would result in the following:
The association has put together a short economic analysis of a proposed dental hygiene practitioner that lays out the revenue and expenses a dental hygiene practitioner would have if he or she treated Medicaid patients in a single-chair clinic.
"WSDA believes that practitioners created in HB 2226 and SB 6126 are not economically viable without extensive government subsidy," the association stated in a recent blog. "This is one of many reasons why we are asking legislators to vote no on HB 2226 and SB 6126."