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Assembly Bill 402 Testimony

On Tuesday I testified before the Assembly Committee on Health in favor of Assembly Bill 402, of which I authored with Senator Felzkowski. Assembly Bill 402 is an important step in expanding access to dental care in our state. This legislation would add Expanded Function Dental Auxiliaries (EFDA) to oral care teams in Wisconsin.

EFDAs would join dental assistants and dental hygienists as those authorized to practice under dentists in this state. They would be certified to apply sealants and fluorides, make impressions, assist dentists with restorations, and other activities detailed in the legislation. This legislation also explicitly prohibits the licensing board from allowing EFDAs to cut tissue, diagnose patients, or make treatment plans. The skill set and scope of an EFDA allows them to handle standard dental visits that do not require higher levels of training possessed by the dentists and hygienists on their oral health care team.

More than twenty other states and the military already utilize EFDAs as members of dental care teams.  This legislation would authorize the Dental Examining Board to certify individuals as EFDAs who have practiced as a dental assistant for a certain number of hours and have completed an accredited training program. Additionally, these EFDAs would be required to practice under the supervision of a dentist.

This legislation on its own will not solve the dental access issues in Wisconsin, but it is an important start. Assembly Bill 402 will allow dental offices to operate in a more efficient manner and allow more patients to be seen. This legislation is supported by the Wisconsin Dental Association, the Wisconsin Primary Health Care Association, and numerous other stakeholders.

 


 

Committee Hearings

 

On Wednesday the Committee on Aging and Long Term Care held a public hearing and Executive Session. The Public hearing heard testimony on Assembly Bills 215 & 729. The Executive Session voted on Assembly Bill 175. Below are the links to the bills. If you are interested in learning more about the Committee on Aging and Long Term Care and the bills before the committee you can visit the link below.

Assembly-Committee on Aging and Long Term Care

 

Executive Session

Assembly Bill 175

            Relating to: grants to independent living centers and making an appropriation.

Public Hearing

Assembly Bill 215

            Relating to: visitation of a long-term care facility resident or hospital patient by an essential visitor or member of the clergy.

Assembly Bill 729

            Relating to: modifying administrative rules related to home health agencies.

 

On Thursday the Committee on Substance Abuse and Prevention held a Public Hearing on Assembly Bills 732, 686, 844, and 845. Below are the links to the bills. If you are interested in learning more about the Committee on Substance Abuse and Prevention and the bills before the committee you can visit the link below. 

Assembly-Committee on Substance Abuse and Prevention

 

Public Hearing

Assembly Bill 732

            Relating to: a substance use disorder treatment platform

Assembly Bill 686

            Relating to: advanced practice social workers and independent social workers treating substance use disorder as a specialty.

Assembly Bill 844

            Relating to: methamphetamine addiction treatment grants.

Assembly Bill 845

            Relating to: medication-assisted treatment expansion.

 

 


 

Coming up in the Legislature

Below you will find the legislature's committee schedule for next week. You can look at which bills are before each committee and which bills are to be heard or scheduled for a vote that day. Please visit the Legislature’s website here to see the full committee schedule. You can watch any floor session in either the Assembly or Senate via Wisconsin eye at wiseye.org.

 

Tuesday January 18th

Senate Committee on Universities and Technical Colleges: Executive Session

Assembly Committee on Corrections: Executive Session

Assembly Committee on Corrections: Public Hearing

Senate Committee on Government Operations, Legal Review and Consumer Protection: Public Hearing

Assembly Committee on State Affairs: Public Hearing

Assembly Committee on Environment: Executive Session

Assembly Committee on Environment: Public Hearing

Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Energy: Executive Session

Wednesday January 19th

Assembly Committee on Family Law: Public Hearing

Assembly Committee on Family Law: Executive Session

Assembly Committee on Jobs and the Economy: Public Hearing

Assembly Committee on Ways and Means: Public Hearing

Assembly Committee on Insurance: Public Hearing

Thursday January 20th

Senate Committee on Insurance, Licensing and Forestry: Public Hearing

Assembly Committee on Jobs and the Economy: Executive Session

Senate Committee on Labor and Regulatory Reform: Executive Session