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Rep. Lipps Announces Introduction of Mobile Dental Facilities Bill

This bill will allow greater access to proper oral health care
April 17, 2019
P. Scott Lipps News

COLUMBUS—State Representative Scott Lipps (R-Franklin) today announced that he will introduce legislation that will make the services provided by Mobile Dental Facilities (MDF’s) more effective in order to allow greater access to proper oral health care.

This bill would require that all MDF operators register with the state dental board, and allow the medical records of an MDF patient to transfer to a dental office so that those MDF patients can receive more effective and efficient follow up services. Currently, these records do not follow the patient making it harder for patients to efficiently receive the care they need. If the patient seeks follow up services at a dentists’ office, x-rays or other evaluations will need to be repeated since that dentist does not have access to the initial evaluation from the MDF. This often results in out-of-pocket expenses for the patient.

“Ineffective dental care is a tremendous problem among the people of Ohio,” said Lipps. “I am very excited to be sponsoring a bill that would work to make sure that Ohioans have access to the oral health care they need, without the unnecessary inconveniences and out-of-pocket expenses that have burdened patients in the past.”

The bill was introduced on April 16th, and is House Bill 203.