2012 Session

Budget Amendments - SB30 (Committee Approved)

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Restore Funding for Local Dental Services

Item 296 #1s

Item 296 #1s

First Year - FY2013 Second Year - FY2014
Health And Human Resources
Health, Department of FY2013 $967,944 FY2014 $967,944 GF
FY2013 $696,362 FY2014 $696,362 NGF
FY2013 20.00 FY2014 20.00 FTE

Page 218, line 29, strike "$230,188,527" and insert "$231,852,833".
Page 218, line 29, strike "$229,955,064" and insert "$231,619,370".
Page 218, after line 28, insert:
"F.  Out of this appropriation, $967,944 from the general fund and $696,362 from nongeneral funds each year shall be used to provide access to dental services through local public health departments.
G.  The Commissioner of Health, in consultation with the Department of Medical Assistance Services, shall appoint an advisory committee comprised of relevant stakeholders including representatives from the
Virginia Dental Association, the Virginia Dental Hygienists Association, the Virginia Oral Health Coalition, the Virginia Health Care Foundation, the Virginia Free Clinics Association, and the Virginia Community Healthcare Association
to develop a comprehensive oral health plan.  The plan shall evaluate the sustainability and efficiency of the current state-supported dental clinics operated by the department.  The plan shall also include the feasibility of transitioning the department’s current dental prevention/treatment model to a prevention-only model.  The Commissioner shall issue a final report from the advisory committee to the Chairmen of the Senate Finance and House Appropriations Committees no later than October 1, 2012."

(This amendment restores $967,944 GF and $696,362 NGF each year and 20 positions to reverse a proposal in the introduced budget to close state-supported dental clinics and restructure services by allowing dental hygienists to deliver care in local communities. Budget language is also included requiring a report and evaluation of the proposal to restructure dental services provided by local departments of health.)