LD 1230 LR 1022(09)
An Act To Improve Access to Oral Health Care
Fiscal Note for Bill as Amended by Committee Amendment " "
Committee: Labor, Commerce, Research and Economic Development
Fiscal Note Required: Yes
Fiscal Note
Potential future biennium cost increase - General Fund
Potential future biennium cost increase - Other Special Revenue Funds
Fiscal Detail and Notes
While the bill requires MaineCare reimburse for dental hygiene therapist services beginning October 1, 2014, any increase in MaineCare costs would not likely occur until the following biennium.  The fiscal impact on MaineCare will ultimately depend on the timing and number of dental hygiene therapists licensed in Maine, the type and volume of services provided and the extent to which these services replace existing dental services provided.
The Board of Dental Examiners will incur additional costs to implement and administer a licensure process for dental hygiene therapists.  However, these costs are not expected to be incurred until future biennia as it is anticipated that it will take several years before potential candidates become qualified to apply for and receive licensure.  Additional costs to the Board of Dental Examiners, affiliated with the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation, for the rulemaking process can be absorbed within existing budgeted resources.