Pennsylvania Oral Health Legislative Update

See below for important updates on oral health legislation in Pennsylvania. For more information on the bills, please contact Nicole at

School Screenings by Public Health Dental Hygiene Practitioners

House Bill 1478 would amend the Public School Code allowing school districts to utilize a Public Health Dental Hygiene Practitioner (PHDHP) to fulfill requirements of Section 1403 of the Public School Code relating to mandated dental screenings in districts that do not employ a Certified School Dental Hygienist. This bill successfully passed through the House in October and was approved by the Senate Education Committee yesterday. HB 1478 will now move to the full Senate for consideration.

Restoring Adult Dental Coverage for Medicaid

Today, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives will review House Bill 1417 for its third and final consideration. The advancement of HB 1417 reiterates the impact that advocates can make along with the commitment of legislators to address the oral health needs of Pennsylvanians.

Expansion of Dental Care through Technology Act

Today, House Bill 1585 will be reviewed by the House Appropriations Committee. If passed out of committee, the bill will be returned to the House Floor for its third and final consideration. This bill would define teledentistry, and more importantly authorize the regulation of teledentistry by the State Board of Dentistry, as well as ensure that teledentistry services are covered by insurance carriers.