It’s on to the House with a measure sponsors say will increase access to dental care for certain citizens in Illinois.  Sponsor of the legislation, Democrat Bill Haine, says dentists were opposed to the concept of giving hygienists the authority to perform some dental operations on patients but continued pressure from public health advocates changed their mind.

However, Republican Senator Dale Righter said he has concerns about relaxing regulations for dental health care providers, equating the move to lessening safety standards for homes and automobiles to make things more affordable for poorer populations.  Haine fired back that his dental coverage through the state is top notch, something that’s not the case for people on public assistance.

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If the bill is approved by the House and governor, the Joint Commission on Administrative Rules, or J-CAR, will work out particulars of implementing the proposed regulations. If passed, the measure would sunset in 2021.


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