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2015 INDIANA LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

PLEASE DO NOT SEND ANY MORE EMAILS TO YOUR SENATOR OR SENATOR PAT MILLER AT THIS TIME.  IDHA WILL NOTIFY EVERYONE BY A LEGISLATIVE UPDATE WHEN THE APPROPRIATE TIME ARRIVES TO NOTIFY YOUR SENATOR.

 
Sandy McIlrath, IDHA's Regulation and Practice Council Chair met with ADHA's Governmental Affairs Division this past week in Chicago.   Director of Governmental Affairs, Ann Lynch, and Governmental Affairs Manager,  Jose’ Rodriques sat down to discuss HB 1303 and IDHA’s Lobbyist Steve Beebe joined the meeting via the telephone.
To be clear, there is no bill in Indiana that creates an Oral Preventive Assistant (OPA).  HB 1303 would create a secondary certifying entity.   IDHA, in consultation with ADHA, is working closely within the state legislature and with Indiana Governor Mike Pence’s office on this issue.   HB1303 remains a concern.  IDHA Lobbyist, Steve Beebe, has been in contact with representatives of the Governor’s office.  Beebe has been in close contact with the Regulatory Policy Director this week and is encouraged there will be amendments to help ensure the protection of current licensed professions.  As information is received from our lobbyist, IDHA will keep everyone updated with current and accurate information.  Remember if HB1303 does pass – it does not create an OPA work force position.

McIlrath is  very proud to represent her colleagues in Indiana and all the good work that is taken place across the country.  Today there are ten states that are deliberating mid-level oral health practitioner legislation (similar to Minnesota).   ALL of them are hygiene-based models!  That is progress! Progress that is largely attributed to the advocacy work of ADHA, in tandem with the respective State Associations, that have successfully made the case that a mid-level hygiene- based model makes sense.

 HB1282 remains alive and is expected to be given a committee hearing by Senator Pat Miller in the Health and Provider Services Committee. HB1282 is expected to pass when heard in the Health and Provider Services Committee.  The committee hearing should occur during the first three weeks in March, most likely the third week.

The link below will take you to an updated IDHA bill track at the mid-point of the 2015 legislative session.  Bills that have not passed their house of origin are dead for the session.  You will notice several bills marked as such on the bill track.  

http://www.hannah-in.com/Report_Custom.aspx?sid=A42hkDFBeZs%3d&rid=AQOXV6D2qvc%3d.

What can you do?  Support your profession by becoming an active member of ADHA, IIDHA and your local component.  If you don't have time to get involved, just pay your dues. That makes a huge difference.  The membership application can be found on the  ADHA website.  Remember ADHA does offer quarterly payments.  Donate money to support HI-PAC.  Information to contribute to HIPAC can be found below.

http://members.adha.org/source/members/rsignup.cfm

Educate everyone about your  license to perform your dental hygiene duties, what you do as a dental hygienist and the education and time it required to receive your dental hygiene degree.  Continue to watch for the IDHA Legislative Updates which contain accurate information.

For questions or comments, please contact IDHA Central Office at:

IDHACentralOff@aol.com

 

LINKS: 

Power Point Presentation:  HB 1061Presentation.Feb 2015.pdf

To HB1303: http://iga.in.gov/legislative/2015/bills/house/1303#document-d4ff2974c

 

HIPAC needs your donations!  You can send your donations to Becky Alles, 815 S. Main Street, Milford, IN 46542 or you can make a donation via Paypal!  See HIPAC donation button below.

   
        2015 IDHA's Professional Development Day and House of Delegates
May 15-16, 2015 Convention Center, Downtown Indianapolis
 
Go to News and Events for a schedule.  Information about our Courses and speakers is also available!
 
Check it out!
 
Registration information available soon!
 
 
 
Again this legislative session, the Indiana Dental Hygienists' Association, with the help of our lobbyist Steve Beebe, introduced Bill 1282. This new bill is related to Bill 1061 that was passed last year. It essentially "clarifies" some content of Bill 1061. The  contents of this bill are as follows:


1. The dental hygienist has completed, with at least an average of 20 hours per week , at least 2 years of active practice as a dental hygienist under the direct supervision of a licensed dentist.

2. A dental hygienist may not use a laser that cuts hard or soft tissue to provide treatment to a patient.

3. If a dental hygienist practices under the prescriptive supervision of a licensed dentist, the dentist's written authority must be recorded, signed, and dated in the patient's records.
 

HB1282 can be read at this link: http://iga.in.gov/legislative/2015/bills/You can identify your legislator and send your emails from the following link: http://iga.in.gov/legislative/find-legislators/

 IDHA Strategic Plan

Core Ideology

Lead the transformation of the dental hygiene profession to improve the public's oral and overall health.

Vision Statement

Dental hygienists are integrated into the healthcare delivery system as essential primary care providers to expand access to oral health care.

Values  
Service
Collaboration
Quality
Community
Lifelong Learning
Ethics

IDHA 2014-2019 Goals

1.     Advocacy- The profession of dental hygiene will advance at the state and local level.

2.     Alliances- IDHA is better positioning the profession to be viewed as an integrated part of the healthcare system through strategic partnerships.

3.     Education- Dental hygiene professionals will be prepared for the evolving scope of professional practice and settings.

IDHA 2014-2019 Objectives

Advocacy:

1.     Maximize the ability of dental hygienists to take advantage of opportunities in more integrated health systems

2.     Maximize relationships with local and state community representatives

3.     Advocate legislative activities that support IDHA's mission

4.     Raise public awareness of the Indiana dental hygiene profession

Alliances:

1.     Increase strategic partnerships

2.     Strengthen and expand relationships with educators

Education:

1.     Expand professional development opportunities for lifelong learners

2.     Build stakeholder knowledge of the profession

               IDHA Professional Development Day & 68th House of Delegates

 Thank you to our sponsors!

Benco Dental, Dux Dental, Kerr TotalCare, GCAmerica, Inc, Colgate,

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Melissa Spriggs, IDHA President
 
 
PO Box 2324
                            Portage, IN 46368-2324                            
 

                   Click here to complete and submit the Job Line form.

IDHA will make every effort to post employment forms within 24 hours. 

        Hygienists can view job postings in the Member Only section.

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Employment information for IDHA Members can also be listed on our page, "Hygienists Seeking Employment".  Just download the form and email it to IDHA and your information will get posted!

IDHA will make every effort to post employment forms within 24 hours.  All postings will be removed on a February/August rotation.  No reminders will be sent out.  No applications will be kept on file and resubmission will be necessary. 


NOTICE TO MEMBERS
Email addresses are vital to our organization! This is the primary (and economical) way that IDHA communicates with hygienists.
By providing us with all of your current contact information, especially email address, we are able to keep members informed
of important announcements and breaking news for our profession and organization.

NOTICE TO POTENTIAL MEMBERS

The primary way IDHA will contact non-members is by email. Non-members may occasionally receive hard copy messages from IDHA. As a non-member, you may be able to get some information about IDHA events by viewing our
 Continuing Education Page and our News Page. You can also call IDHA’s Office for information, 219-798-2340. 

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MISSION STATEMENT OF THE AMERICAN DENTAL HYGIENISTS’ ASSOCIATION

To improve the public’s health, the mission of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association is to advance
the art and science of dental hygiene by ensuring access to quality oral health care, increasing awareness of the cost-effective benefits of prevention, promoting the highest standards of dental hygiene education,
licensure, practice and research, and representing and promoting the interests of dental hygienists.

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