Partners in the Network collaborate to research and develop data-driven and community-informed policy options to advance needed improvements in children's oral health. We work together to plan long-term policy development as well as strategies and materials for policy-maker education at the state and federal levels.

Legislative Information

2022 Oral Health Priority Bills

LD 1501 An Act to Protect Oral Health for Children in Maine

Sponsored by Representative Lori Gramlich, the bill expands Maine's school-based oral health program to all public schools statewide by 2025 (currently only about 1/3 of schools participate). During the 2021 session, the bill received unanimous support from the Health and Human Services Committee and was passed by the full House and Senate. The Appropriations Committee carried over the bill into the next session. The network will be working hard to ensure the bill receives the funding needed to expand the school program and re-establish a full-time oral health coordinator position at Maine CDC.

Status: Carried over by the Appropriations and Financial Affairs (AFA) Committee for consideration during the 2022 Session

Oral Health Policy Advocates

As part of their individual missions, many Network partner organizations work on policy efforts at the state and federal level to increase access to oral health for everyone. These groups meet together to develop and share strategies for oral health advocacy at the state agencies and legislature and at the federal level when needed. Partner organizations work collaboratively on oral health policy proposals that address common goals and shared priorities.

If you are interested in getting involved with this effort, please fill out our form.

Oral Health Bills Archive

2021 Session (130th Legislature)

LD 996: An Act To Improve Dental Health Access for Maine Children and Adults with Low Incomes

This bill adds comprehensive preventive, diagnostic and restorative dental services to the limited dental services currently available to those covered by MaineCare insurance who are 21 years of age and over.

Status: Passed both chambers and built into the Governor's budget after a multi-year campaign spearheaded by Maine Equal Justice Partners.

What's Next: MaineCare adult dental benefit is slated to begin July 2022.

LD 76: An Act To Amend the Dental Practice Act To Define "Supervision" and Authorize Teledentistry

The bill adds a definition of "teledentistry" and authorizes oral health care services and procedures to be provided through teledentistry in accordance with rules adopted by the Board of Dental Practice.

Status: Passed with emergency status and went into effect upon being signed into law on June 2021 opening up enormous potential for improving access to care.

What's Next: The Board of Dental Practice will enter a rule-making process to provide the specific guidelines for teledentistry this fall, which will include opportunities for stakeholder input.

2019 Session (129th Legislature)

LD 1399: An Act to Improve Oral Health and Access to Dental Care for Maine Children

This bill established within the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of MaineCare Services one Early Periodic Screening Diagnosis and Treatment Dental Coordinator position. The MaineCare EPSDT Coordinator position is a critical role for meeting the state's responsibility to ensure that all children have access to key preventive care mandated by Medicaid's Early Periodic Screening Diagnosis and Treatment program.