Texas 86th Legislative session
TxOHC, as a member of the Texas Public Health Coalition, supported the
Immunizations for First Responders
- Governor signed House Bill 1418 to create system to inform first responders of their immunization history and potential disease risk on certification and recertification, effective immediately.
- Governor signed House Bill 1256 to create process for first responders and their employers to access their immunization status in disaster response, effective 9/1/2019
Infection Control in Long-Term Care
- Governor signed House Bill 1848 to enhance infection prevention and control programs in nursing homes to include protocols for rapid influenza testing and limiting spread of multidrug resistant organisms, effective 9/1/2019
Tobacco and E-Cigarette Use: (Tobacco 21)
- Governor signed Senate Bill 21 to raise the minimum age of sale for tobacco and e-cigarette products from 18 to 21 statewide, except military members, effective 9/1/2019.
Chronic Disease and Obesity Prevention
- Governor Signed House Bill 3552 Requiring 60-Day Public Written Notice Period for reduction or termination of community water fluoridation, effective 9/1/2019
Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT)
- Governor signed House Bill 39 repealing time limitations on CPRIT grant awards, effective immediately.
- HJR 12 Proposing a constitutional amendment to increase maximum bond amount for CPRIT –will be on November ballot.
- Governor signed Senate Bill 748 that establishes pregnancy medical homes, high-risk maternal care coordinated service pilot programs, telehealth programs for prenatal & postpartum care, effective 9/1/19.
- Governor signed Senate Bill 750 enhancing continuity of care for transition from Medicaid to Healthy Texas Women, effective immediately.
Additionally, TxOHC supported SB 556 (Kolkhorst ) and House companion HB 1467 (Deshotel), which would establish a dental benefit for adults with disabilities in Medicaid. Though neither passed, HB 4533 was amended to include a pilot for adult dental benefits.
HB 80– Relating to a study and report regarding shortages in certain health professions. Signed by the governor on 6/2/2019.
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. Signed by the governor on 6/14/19.
To read full bill text please go to, https://capitol.texas.gov/Home.aspx.
Texas State Board of Dental Examiners
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.
Texas Statutes and Rules/Regulations Governing Dental Practice
* Inclusion of bills on this list does not denote support from the Texas Oral Health Coalition.