The House Committee on Health and Human Services heard testimony Monday from the Kansas Dental Association and KDA member proponents onHB 2611, which would amend the “fifty-percent” rule to the “twenty-percent” rule, concerning the amount of time that an owner dentist would be required to be present in their office.“This is an ongoing effort to find ways to increase access to care, particularly in rural Kansas,” said KDA Executive Director Kevin Robertson. “General dentists and specialists will be to deliver more care and not be constrained by this law that can at times be onerous.”The KDA has looked at this law on numerous occasions and recognizes that the purpose for the 50-percent rule is to make the owner dentist responsible for there patients by creating oversight and shared responsibility between the owner dentist and associates or employees of the practice. (Read More)
Opponents to House Bill 2372 testified in the House Health and Human Services Committee Wednesday afternoon. The bill would mandate that communities which fluoridate their water supplies, provide false information, specifically a warning indicating that water fluoridation decreases the IQ in children, to their residents.
“Community water fluoridation is recognized by countless well-respcted health organizations you know and trust for you medical care,” said Greg Hill, Assistant Executive Director of the Kansas Dental Association. “These include the American Dental Association, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Medical Association, and more.” (Read More)
“The Real World Transition Brunch is designed to connect students with dental practices,” said Jennifer Jones, KDA Membership Director. “We also have representatives who offer products and services that dental practices will need once they begin their careers.” (Read More and Register)