Pennsylvania Legislature Passes Several Bills Related to Improving Oral Health Among Its Residents
Pennsylvania is advancing several bills to enhance access to dental care, receiving broad support from lawmakers. House Bill 1585 passed the House and aims to establish teledentistry in the state, making it mandatory for insurance plans to cover it. Another bill seeks to restore dental coverage under the state’s Medical Assistance Program, addressing cuts made in 2011. Both bills passed the House with significant support. A third bill, House Bill 1478 has already passed the General Assembly with unanimous support and awaits Governor Josh Shapiro’s signature. This bill would amend Pennsylvania’s Public School Code to permit districts to utilize dental hygienists for student oral health screenings, expanding the scope beyond school dentists. The passage of these bills reflects a commitment to improving dental care access for Pennsylvanians, including children. Click here to read more.