On December 19, Sen. Kevin Mullin (R-VT) pre-filed S.B. 235
. The bill authorizes a community dental health coordination pilot project and seeks to expand dental education in classroom settings. Specifically, S.B. 235 requires the Commissioner of Health, in consultation with the Vermont Oral Health Coalition, to design a Community Dental Health Coordinator Pilot Project for the purpose of increasing access to oral health care by using community dental health coordinators as members of dental teams in regions of the State designated by the Commissioner. The proposed bill defines Community Dental Health Coordinator as a dental assistant, dental hygienist or other trained dental professional certified by the Commissioner of Health to provide educational services, preventive and limited palliative care services, and dental assessment services in a variety of settings under the supervision of a licensed dentist.