Florida Senate - 2019              PROPOSED COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE
       Bill No. SB 716
       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.
   27  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   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         381.4019Dental 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         381.40195Donated 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.