Advocacy News

ODHA is supporting the following bills during the 2019 Oregon Legislative Session:

  • Senate Bill 824 would allow the Oregon Board of Dentistry to accept results from alternative examinations (such as OSCEs) to meet one of the requirements for dental licensure. 
    This bill passed the Senate. It was passed by the House with an amendment so it needs to go back to the Senate to be voted on again with the amendment. The amendment adds dental hygiene licensure to this bill. This amendment was introduced by the Oregon Dental Association at the request of the Oregon Dental Hygienists’ Association.

  • Senate Bill 834 would allow OBD licensees (dentists & dental hygienists) to explain an error to a patient without the threat of that conversation being used against them in court. 
    This bill has passed & has been signed by the Governor.

  • Senate Bill 836 would authorize the Oregon Board of Dentistry to review patient charts associated with dental pilot projects approved by the Oregon Health Authority. 
    This bill is still in the Senate Committee on Health Care so it is unlikely to pass this session.

  • House Bill 2220 would authorize trained and certified dentists to prescribe and administer vaccines. 
    This bill has passed & has been signed by the Governor.

  • House Bill 2666 would require each school district in Oregon to include oral health education as an integral part of the health education curriculum for students in kindergarten through grade 12. 
    This bill is still in the House Committee on Education so it is unlikely to pass this session.