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House of Representatives
Session of 2023 - 2024 Regular Session


Posted: June 14, 2023 04:20 PM
From: Representative Morgan Cephas and Rep. Mindy Fee
To: All House members
Subject: Dental Screenings by Dental Hygienists
Our legislation will amend the Public School Code to allow school districts to utilize a Public Health Dental Hygiene Practitioner (PHDHP) to fulfill the requirements of Section 1403 of the Public School Code relating to dental screenings and dental hygiene.
The purpose of this legislation is to provide our local school districts more flexibility regarding fulfilling the requirements of Section 1403. Currently, to satisfy this section, a school district may only utilize a school dentist. lncreasingly, school districts are encountering difficulties in hiring dentists to fulfill this requirement.
This legislation is supported by the PA Dental Hygienists' Association, the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), the PA Coalition for Oral Health (PCOH), the PA School Boards Association (PSBA), the PA School Administrators Association (PASA), The Pennsylvania Department of Health, and Children First PA.
Please join us in cosponsoring this legislation. 

Introduced as HB1478