Legislative News

  • Sunday, October 27, 2019 10:51 AM | Heather Tuthill (Administrator)

    Please join VDHA for its annual Rally Day at the Virginia General Assembly on January 31, 2020! This is an opportunity to hear about legislation that affects dental hygiene, dentistry and oral health, and meet with legislators while they are at the Capitol for the legislative session. Legislators love to hear from their constituents and dental care professionals!

    We will start at 8:00 AM at ChamberRVA in the SunTrust Building right across the street from the General Assembly offices. The day begins with light breakfast and presentations from VDHA's government affairs team before we head to the Pocahontas Building for morning meetings with legislators. Optional tours of the historic Virginia Capitol will be available at noon after the legislator meetings. 

    RSVP document coming soon!

  • Monday, January 28, 2019 3:20 PM | Heather Tuthill (Administrator)

    VDHA is also supporting a bill introduced by Delegate Dawn Adams (D-Richmond) which allows dental hygienists employed by the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services to practice under remote supervision and offer mobile dentistry programs: (http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?ses=191&typ=bil&val=hb1849). VDHA, VDA and the Board of Dentistry (BOD) contacted the patron after we found out about the bill. It had to be amended because a related 2010 protocol is outdated and is not the current protocol. The following language was inserted into the legislation:

    “Notwithstanding any provision of law, a dental hygienist employed by the Virginia Department of Health or the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services who holds a license issued by the Board of Dentistry may provide educational and preventative dental care in the Commonwealth under the remote supervision of a dentist employed by the Department of Health or the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services. A dental hygienist providing such services shall practice pursuant to a protocol or protocols jointly developed by the Department of Health and the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services in consultation with the Virginia Dental Associationand the Virginia Dental Hygienists' Association. Such protocol shall be adopted by the Board as regulations.

    VDA and VDHA are supportive of this legislation, as amended above. It has passed the House of Delegates and been referred to the Senate Education & Health Committee. 

  • Monday, January 28, 2019 3:19 PM | Heather Tuthill (Administrator)

    HB 2493 carried by Delegate Kathy Tran (D-Springfield) (http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?191+sum+HB2493) is our legislation that VDHA worked on with the Board of Dentistry and Virginia Dental Association (VDA). It corrects unintended restrictions and omissions that prevent dental hygienists from administering certain topical drugs for which they are trained and permitted to administer under general supervision.

    The bill allows dental hygienists practicing under remote supervision to administer certain Schedule VI drugs approved by the Board of Dentistry and prescribed by a dentist, as currently allowed under general supervision. It also allows dental hygienists, under a standing order from a dentist or physician, to administer topical fluoride varnish to patients of all ages instead of only to young children.

    HB 2493 reported unanimously from a House Health, Welfare and Institutions (HWI) subcommittee. Susan Pharr, MPH, RDH testified in favor of the bill on behalf of VDHA. It will move to full committee where we expect it to pass with no objection, after which it will cross over to the Senate and likely be assigned to the Education & Health Committee. VDHA will continue to lobby in support of the bill.

  • Saturday, March 26, 2016 10:00 AM | Deleted user

    Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe signed SB into law today expanding remote supervision for dental hygienists.

    Virginia Dental Hygienists’ Association (VDHA) and Virginia Dental Association (VDA) worked together for several months to expand remote supervision of Registered Dental Hygienists to new settings (health clinics, schools, nursing homes, etc.) to serve more patients.

    A three-year pilot study of remote supervision of dental hygienists employed by the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) began in 2009 and proved to be a highly successful model in prevention and improving access to care. SB 712 expands the Remote Supervision Public Health Model for the dental hygienist employed outside of VDH. Expanding the model allows more patients access to care by the oral health team, including opportunity for important referrals to the supervising dentist.

  • Monday, November 16, 2015 9:58 AM | Deleted user

    As you know, the Virginia Dental Hygienists’ Association (VDHA) and the Virginia Dental Association (VDA), worked together during the 2016 Virginia General Assembly session to pass consensus legislation expanding the settings where dental hygienists may practice under remote supervision. This bill was signed into law by Governor McAuliffe and technically goes into effect on July 1.

    However, the bill is currently working its way through the Board of Dentistry regulatory process. It will not practically be in effect until the fall after the Board of Dentistry has promulgated appropriate regulations. The VDHA is actively engaged in the regulatory process on behalf of dental hygienists and will keep you posted on these new regulations. Should you have questions please contact VDHA President Susan Reid-Carr, RDH, at president@vdha.net.

The Virginia Dental Hygienists' Association  is a 501(c)6 non-profit organization located at 5101 Monument Ave, Richmond, VA 23230. 757-609-3661. Contact VDHA

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