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256B.55 Dental Access Advisory Committee.

Subdivision 1. Establishment. The commissioner shall establish a Dental Access Advisory Committee to monitor the purchasing, administration, and coverage of dental care services for the public health care programs to ensure dental care access and quality for public program recipients.

Subd. 2. Membership. (a) The membership of the advisory committee shall include, but is not limited to, representatives of dentists, including a dentist practicing in the seven-county metropolitan area and a dentist practicing outside the seven-county metropolitan area; oral surgeons; pediatric dentists; dental hygienists; community clinics; client advocacy groups; public health; health service plans; the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry and the Department of Pediatrics; and the commissioner of health.

(b) The advisory committee is governed by section 15.059 for membership terms and removal of members. Members shall not receive per diem compensation or reimbursement for expenses.

Subd. 3. Duties. The advisory committee shall provide recommendations on the following:

(1) developing a new model for purchasing, administering, and delivering dental care services to public program recipients based on public health principles;

(2) exploring innovative ways to develop workforce solutions to ensure access to dental care statewide; and

(3) identifying data needed to effectively evaluate the dental care needs of the state.

Subd. 4. Report. The commissioner shall submit a report by February 1, 2002, and each February 1 thereafter, summarizing the activities and recommendations of the advisory committee.

Subd. 5. Sunset. Notwithstanding section 15.059, subdivision 5, this section expires June 30, 2007.

HIST: 1Sp2001 c 9 art 2 s 48; 2002 c 379 art 1 s 113; 1Sp2003 c 5 s 6-8