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SJ 24 Oral health care; joint subcommittee to study access to and costs thereof.
SUMMARY AS PASSED SENATE: (all summaries)
Study; access to and costs of oral health care. Establishes a joint subcommittee to study access to and the costs of oral health care. In conducting its study, the joint subcommittee shall (i) ascertain the state of oral health in Virginia; (ii) identify and evaluate oral health care needs by demographic characteristics in the Commonwealth; (iii) determine the number of persons without adequate or any dental insurance; (iv) determine the number of dental visits each year by age, gender, services rendered, and costs of services; and (v) recommend strategies to promote and increase good oral health in the Commonwealth, including, but not limited to, issues relating to access to oral care by poor, low-income, and minority persons, and ways to provide affordable oral health care for all persons. The joint subcommittee must submit an executive summary of its findings and recommendations to the 2005 Session of the General Assembly.