KDA Video Minute – February 14, 2014

KDA Video Minute

 The first deadline in the Kansas Legislature is quickly approaching, which means legislative activity is heating up.  On Monday, the House Health and Human Services is holding a hearing on HB 2611, which would change the 50-percent rule to 20-percent.  On Wednesday, the same committee is scheduled to hold a hearing on 2372, the anti-fluoridation bill.  We’ve got that and more in this week’s KDA Video Minute.   Watch it now.

HB 2611 – Changes the 50% rule

Currently licensed dentists who own dental practices are required to be physically present in the satellite office(s) they operate a majority of time dentistry is being performed in the satellite dental office(s).  HB 2611 lowers that requirement to 20% which would lower the burden of dentist owning and operating satellite practices and allow dentists the opportunity to own and operate more satellite practices.  Though the KDA is proposing this reduction in the 50% rule, the KDA still believes that owner oversight and accountability of satellite practices is crucial for quality dental care.  Not only does this rule keep owner-dentists engaged and aware of the dentistry being performed by their employee-dentists, it also keeps owner-dentists accountable to the Kansas Dental Board for the quality dental care performed in their satellite practices.


Guest Editorial: Let’s NOT be part of the Problem


Over-prescribing controlled narcotics is a problem. Dentists can help by writing a prescription for an appropriate amount of pain medication. Kansas Dental Board President Glenn Hemberger has advice for dentists so they don’t become an enabler for a drug addiction.  (Read More)


 Anti-Fluoridation Bill Hearing Rescheduled



The hearing on HB 2372, is scheduled for February 19th.


The KDA will be posting content on its Facebook page next week concerning this bill and we encourage you to share these posts on your personal Facebook page and your business page.  If you use Twitter, we’ll also be posting out the same content using #fluorideks.  Please take this opportunity to build our grassroots effort for this important issue which will lay the groundwork for future legislative issues.


We will continue to update you on the hearing on this bill and how you can help by contacting your legislators.  Please look at the list of committee members below and please, if they are your legislator, a patient or a friend, please call them and tell them you don’t support HB 2372 and urge them to vote no.


House Health and Human Services Members

Please consider doing one or more of the following right away:

  1. Contact your legislator to let him or her know you oppose the bill. Be sure you mention the bill number. Share a very simple, short message about why the bill will result in Kansans being told un-truths about water fluoridation. Details about how to share a message with your legislator are contained in the hints at the end of this message.
  2. Notify your friends, family and neighbors about the bill and ask them to contact their legislators saying they oppose it.
  3. Attend the hearing to show solidarity in our opposition to the bill. (Ask us for details about how to make plans to attend.) The more fluoridation proponents in the room, the better things will be.
  4. Submit testimony opposing the bill. (Again, ask for details about how to do this.)
  5. Follow Twitter during the hearing (Wednesday from 1:30 to 3:30 pm). Please either tweet or re-tweet pro-fluoridation messages. Use #ksleg and #fluorideks on the tweets. The #fluorideks is the one we use for Fluoride in Kansas, and #ksleg is the hashtag used for all legislative activity. During legislative hearings, both legislators and advocates watch Twitter to see what is trending, so positive messages during the hearing can help.

Find your legislator: The following website allows you to enter your home address: http://openkansas.org/. When you have done that, all of your elected officials will appear, and if you click on the name, the contact information pops up. Please just contact your House of Representatives member for now. The bill is being considered only in the House at this point.


Members of the committee: Members of the Health and Human Services Committee in particular need to be contacted! If you live in one of the members’ districts, please, please contact your House member. The committee members are listed below. You can click on each person’s name to reach his/her contact information.


These representatives are the first line of defense against HB 2372. See if your legislator is on the committee. If your representative is NOT on the committee, encourage him/her to talk to their colleagues about the benefits of water fluoridation and encourage them to kill HB 2372. If your legislator is on HHS, double-down on your efforts. Email AND call. Encourage your neighbors to do the same. Many representatives say it can change their vote on a bill if they hear from just five or six constituents.