Texas Legislative Update

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

Texas Oral Health Bills Filed*

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.  Referred to Health and Human Services on 3/4/2019.  
Scheduled for public hearing on 3/12/2019.

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 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.  Referred to Public Health on 3/6/2019.
 

SB 792 – Relating to the practice of dentistry and the provision of teledentistry dental services.  Referred to Health and Human Services on 3/1/2019.
HB 1756 – Relating to the practice of dentistry and the provision of teledentistry dental services.  Referred to Public Health on 3/4/2019.
 

SB 630 – Relating to a study and report regarding shortages in certain health professions.  Referred to Higher Education on 3/6/19.
HB 80 – Relating to a study and report regarding shortages in certain health professions.  Referred to Higher Education on 2/12/19 and held a public hearing on February 27, 2019.  It was amended in committee and reported favorably as substituted on 3/6/2019.
 

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 3552 – Relating to certain notice requirements regarding fluoridation of a water supply system.  Filed on 3/6/2019. 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. Filed on 3/5/2019.
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. Filed on 2/26/2019.
 

SB 1635 Relating to medical and dental clinical education in public and nonprofit hospitals. Filed on 3/6/19.

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

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