On January 15, Sen. Kim David (R-OK) filed S.B. 1664
. The bill increases the total educational loan repayment assistance a dentist can receive from $25,000 each year to $50,000 each year, for a maximum five-year period. The bill was referred to the Appropriations Committee for consideration and re-referred to the Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services which is chaired by Sen. David. The subcommittee has recommended that the full committee pass the bill as amended. However, to date no amended bill text has been released to the public.