Florida Senate - 2019 PROPOSED COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE Bill No. SB 716 Ì259042ÇÎ259042 576-04105-19 Proposed Committee Substitute by the Committee on Appropriations (Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services) 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to dental services; providing 3 legislative intent; creating s. 381.4019, F.S.; 4 establishing the Dental Student Loan Repayment Program 5 to support dentists who practice in public health 6 programs located in certain underserved areas; 7 providing definitions; requiring the Department of 8 Health to establish a dental student loan repayment 9 program for specified purposes; providing for the 10 award of funds; providing the maximum number of years 11 funds may be awarded; providing eligibility 12 requirements; requiring the department to adopt rules; 13 specifying that implementation of the program is 14 subject to legislative appropriation; creating s. 15 381.40195, F.S.; providing a short title; providing 16 definitions; requiring the Department of Health to 17 establish the Donated Dental Services Program to 18 provide comprehensive dental care to certain eligible 19 individuals; requiring the department to contract with 20 a nonprofit organization to implement and administer 21 the program; specifying minimum contractual 22 responsibilities; requiring the department to adopt 23 rules; specifying that implementation of the program 24 is subject to legislative appropriation; providing an 25 effective date. 26 27 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 28 29 Section 1. It is the intent of the Legislature to promote 30 programs and initiatives that help make available preventive and 31 educational dental services for the citizens of the state, as 32 well as provide quality dental treatment services. The 33 geographic characteristics among the citizens of the state are 34 distinctive and vary from region to region, with such citizens 35 having unique needs regarding access to dental care. The 36 Legislature recognizes that maintaining good oral health is 37 integral to the overall health status of individuals and that 38 the good health of the residents of this state is an important 39 contributing factor in economic development. Better health, 40 including better oral health, increases workplace productivity, 41 reduces the burden of health care costs, and improves the 42 cognitive development of children, resulting in a reduction of 43 missed school days. 44 Section 2. Section 381.4019, Florida Statutes, is created 45 to read: 46 381.4019 Dental Student Loan Repayment Program.—The 47 Legislature shall establish the Dental Student Loan Repayment 48 Program to promote access to dental care by supporting qualified 49 dentists who treat medically underserved populations in dental 50 health professional shortage areas or medically underserved 51 areas. 52 (1) As used in this section, the term: 53 (a) “Dental health professional shortage area” means a 54 geographic area designated as such by the Health Resources and 55 Services Administration of the United States Department of 56 Health and Human Services. 57 (b) “Department” means the Department of Health. 58 (c) “Loan program” means the Dental Student Loan Repayment 59 Program. 60 (d) “Medically underserved area” means a geographic area, 61 an area having a special population, or a facility which is 62 designated by department rule as a health professional shortage 63 area as defined by federal regulation and which has a shortage 64 of dental health professionals who serve Medicaid recipients and 65 other low-income patients. 66 (e) “Public health program” means a county health 67 department, the Children’s Medical Services program, a federally 68 funded community health center, a federally funded migrant 69 health center, or other publicly funded or nonprofit health care 70 program designated by the department. 71 (2) The department shall establish a dental student loan 72 repayment program to benefit Florida-licensed dentists who 73 demonstrate, as required by department rule, active employment 74 in a public health program that serves Medicaid recipients and 75 other low-income patients and is located in a dental health 76 professional shortage area or a medically underserved area. 77 (3) The department shall award funds from the loan program 78 to repay the student loans of a dentist who meets the 79 requirements of subsection (2). 80 (a) An award may not exceed $50,000 per year per eligible 81 dentist. 82 (b) Only loans to pay the costs of tuition, books, dental 83 equipment and supplies, uniforms, and living expenses may be 84 covered. 85 (c) All repayments shall be contingent upon continued proof 86 of eligibility and shall be made directly to the holder of the 87 loan. The state shall bear no responsibility for the collection 88 of any interest charges or other remaining balances. 89 (d) A dentist is eligible to receive funds under the loan 90 program for at least 1 year, up to a maximum of 5 years. 91 (e) The department shall limit the number of new dentists 92 participating in the loan program to not more than 10 per fiscal 93 year. 94 (4) A dentist is no longer eligible to receive funds under 95 the loan program if the dentist: 96 (a) Is no longer employed by a public health program that 97 meets the requirements of subsection (2). 98 (b) Ceases to participate in the Florida Medicaid program. 99 (c) Has disciplinary action taken against his or her 100 license by the Board of Dentistry for a violation of s. 466.028. 101 (5) The department shall adopt rules to administer the loan 102 program. 103 (6) Implementation of the loan program is subject to 104 legislative appropriation. 105 Section 3. Section 381.40195, Florida Statutes, is created 106 to read: 107 381.40195 Donated Dental Services Program.— 108 (1) This act may be cited as the “Donated Dental Services 109 Act.” 110 (2) As used in this section, the term: 111 (a) “Department” means the Department of Health. 112 (b) “Program” means the Donated Dental Services Program as 113 established pursuant to subsection (3). 114 (3) The department shall establish the Donated Dental 115 Services Program for the purpose of providing comprehensive 116 dental care through a network of volunteer dentists and other 117 dental providers to needy, disabled, elderly, and medically 118 compromised individuals who cannot afford necessary treatment 119 but are ineligible for public assistance. An eligible individual 120 may receive treatment in a volunteer dentist’s or participating 121 dental provider’s private office or at any other suitable 122 location. An eligible individual is not required to pay any fee 123 or cost associated with the treatment he or she receives. 124 (4) The department shall implement and administer the 125 program. The department shall contract with a nonprofit 126 organization that has experience in providing similar services 127 or administering similar programs. The contract must specify the 128 responsibilities of the nonprofit organization, which may 129 include, but are not limited to: 130 (a) Maintaining a network of volunteer dentists and other 131 dental providers, including, but not limited to, dental 132 specialists and dental laboratories, to provide comprehensive 133 dental services to eligible individuals. 134 (b) Maintaining a system to refer eligible individuals to 135 the appropriate volunteer dentist or participating dental 136 provider. 137 (c) Developing a public awareness and marketing campaign to 138 promote the program and educate eligible individuals about its 139 availability and services. 140 (d) Providing the necessary administrative and technical 141 support to administer the program. 142 (e) Submitting an annual report to the department which 143 must include, at a minimum: 144 1. Financial data relating to administering the program. 145 2. Demographic data and other information relating to the 146 eligible individuals who are referred to and receive treatment 147 through the program. 148 3. Demographic data and other information relating to the 149 volunteer dentists and participating dental providers who 150 provide dental services through the program. 151 4. Any other data or information that the department may 152 require. 153 (f) Performing any other program-related duties and 154 responsibilities as required by the department. 155 (5) The department shall adopt rules to administer the 156 program. 157 (6) Implementation of the program is subject to legislative 158 appropriation. 159 Section 4. This act shall take effect upon becoming a law.