Texas Legislative Update

The 86th Legislative session will begin January 8, 2019.

Texas Oral Health Bills Filed*

HB 3552– Relating to certain notice requirements regarding fluoridation of a water supply system.  No companion bill filed.  Scheduled for public hearing in the Senate Health and Human Services Committee at 8:00 AM on Tuesday, May 14, 2019.  

SB 792
– Relating to the practice of dentistry and the provision of teledentistry dental services.  Health and Human Services committee reported favorably as substituted on 4/26/19 and sent to intent calendar 4/30/19.
Substituted bill text, as reported on April 26th.
HB 1756
– Relating to the practice of dentistry and the provision of teledentistry dental services.  Referred to Public Health subcommittee by the chair on 3/13/2019.

SB 510
– Relating to the regulation of the practice of dental hygiene.  Referred to Health and Human Services on 2/14/2019.
HB 2275
– Relating to the regulation of the practice of dental hygiene.  Pending in Public Health subcommittee after a public hearing on 4/4/19.

SB 556
– Relating to Medicaid reimbursement for dental services provided to adults with disabilities. Referred to Health and Human Services on 2/21/2019. 
HB 1647
– Relating to Medicaid reimbursement for dental services provided to adults with disabilities.  Health and Human Services committee  Reported favorably as substituted on 4/25/19 and sent to Calendars 5/1/2019.

SB 1263
–  Relating to Medicaid reimbursement for dental services provided to certain Medicaid recipients. Referred to Health and Human Services on 3/7/19. No companion bill filed.​ 

SB 630 
– Relating to a study and report regarding shortages in certain health professions.  Pending in the Higher Education committee after hearing on 4/10/19.
HB 80
– Relating to a study and report regarding shortages in certain health professions.  Reported favorably without amendments by Senate Higher Education Committee 5/10/19 and placed on intent calendar 5/13/19.

SB 1030
– Relating to the duty of a water supply system to provide certain information to consumers regarding fluoride in drinking water.  Referred to Water & Rural Affairs on 3/7/2019. No companion bill filed.

HB 1862
– Relating to certain required disclosures and prohibited practices of certain employee benefit plans and health insurance policies that provide benefits for dental care services. Referred to Insurance on 3/5/19. 
SB 1550
– Relating to certain required disclosures and prohibited practices of certain employee benefit plans and health insurance policies that provide benefits for dental care services. Referred to Business and Commerce 3/14/19.
HB2486
– Relating to certain required disclosures and prohibited practices of certain employee benefit plans and health insurance policies that provide benefits for dental care services. Sent to Senate Business and Commerce committee on 4/29/19 scheduled for public hearing on 5/14/19.

SB 1635
– Relating to medical and dental clinical education in public and nonprofit hospitals. Left pending in Higher Education committee after public hearing on 5/1/19.

To read full bill text please go to, https://capitol.texas.gov/Home.aspx.


Texas State Board of Dental Examiners

http://www.tsbde.state.tx.us/

Rulemaking actions will be posted in the Texas Register which is a weekly publication that serves as the journal for state agency rulemaking for Texas. Once published the public has 30 days in which to respond. http://www.sos.state.tx.us/texreg/index.shtml/

Board Meetings are held in the William P. Hobby Jr., Building, Tower 2, Suite 225.

* Inclusion of bills on this list does not denote support from the Texas Oral Health Coalition.

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NCSL Maternal and Child Health Database Tracking Tool

This tool for state maternal and child health legislation covers fourteen different MCH categories includng, maternal mental health, children’s mental health, children’s nutrition, and infant/maternal mortality