This week Governor Walker signed into law a bill, AB 146, allowing dental hygienists to provide services outside of dental offices in order that underserved populations have access to basic preventative dental care. These individuals may reside in long-term care, skilled nursing facilities and community based residential facilities (CBRFs). Dental hygienists are also able to provide care in hospitals, medical clinics, nursing homes, adult day care centers, prisons and non-profit dental programs. This is a wonderful bill that passed unanimously with bi-partisan support and the support of leading health organizations.
Please see Representative Bernier’s press release on her website.