Recent Legislation

May 23, 2013
Dental Health Certificates

Recent amendments to Section 903 of the New York State Education Law now allow dental hygienists to sign school dental health certificates because the requirements for the certificate were changed from an examination to just an assessment.  These changes were made as part of the recently enacted State Budget.  The law reflects the reality that dental examinations were not being performed as part of the school dental health certificate program and the program was only doing very basic screenings that lacked any diagnostic component, x-rays, or other aspects of a genuine dental examination.  Therefore, given the limited nature of the program, the statute was amended to correctly describe the process as an “assessment” rather than an “examination”.  Since dental hygienists provide this kind of limited assessment by charting caries and periodontal conditions as part of their current scope of practice, it was logical that dental hygienists sign the certificates now.  NYSDA helped draft and supported this legislation, which was hoped to be part of a larger collaborative practice arrangement between dentists and dental hygienists in Article 28 facility settings, but that part of the State Budget was dropped and is still being worked on as a possible separate bill.

February 4, 2013
Automated external defibrillators (AEDs) law passed
In 2011, Chapter 65 of the Laws of 2011 was enacted requiring all dental establishments to possess automated external defibrillators (AEDs).
February 4, 2013
Primary Care Service Corps program enacted
In 2012, Governor Cuomo’s Article VII Health and Mental Hygiene Budget legislation enacted the Primary Care Service Corps program, which offers dentists up to $30,000 per year in student loan forgiveness for service in underserved areas of New York State. The program was funded for $1 million.
February 4, 2013
Executive Order # 38
In 2012, Governor Cuomo also issued Executive Order # 38, which adopted the 20% cap on administrative costs for government-funded programs like Medicaid managed care that NYSDA had been proposing in legislation. The Governor’s order phases in over three years, starting in 2013, a cap that goes to 15% in 2015 and requires that 85% of government funding be spent on actual program services rather than administrative expenses for all years thereafter.
September 24, 2010
No patient quotas now law in NYS
A law recently signed by Governor David A. Paterson prohibits corporations and manufacturers from setting quotas on dentists who use the corporation’s product or service.
July 15, 2010
No Patient Quotas
Assembly passes bill.
July 15, 2010
PAP bill passes Senate
Bill intends to improve access to PAP program for impaired professionals.
July 20, 2009
Limited Permit bill passes in Senate
Bill eliminates need for dental residents to obtain limited permit.
August 16, 2007
2007 Legislative Victories
Dentists in New York State will take more CE, course in ethics/jurisprudence and obtain CPR certification
July 10, 2007
Gov. Spitzer signs NYSDA legislation
More CE, CPR certification and ethics/jurisprudence course will be required.
March 1, 2007
Dental Assisting Update
NYSDA-initiated legislation eliminates "laundry list" approach to services performed by assistants, revolutionizes profession
September 25, 2006
Collar X-ray bill signed
Bill introduced by NYSDA is signed on Sept. 16 by Governor Pataki
June 21, 2006
Dental Assisting bill passes in Senate and Assembly
Legislation amends definition of the practice of certified dental assisting.
April 19, 2006
Amalgam separators to be required
Regulations become effective May 12, 2006
April 17, 2006
Dental lab tax changes take effect June 1, 2006
NYSDA succesful in request relating to sales tax of items purchased from dental labs.
July 27, 2004
Licensure in New York State
Frequently asked questions about residency requirement.
May 25, 2004
Governor Signs Landmark Legislation
Beginning in 2007, dental students will be required to complete a clinically based CODA-approved postdoctoral general practice or specialty dental residency program of at least one year's duration as a prerequisite for initial licensure in New York State.