This legislation passed out of the 99th General Assembly in July of 2016.
To summarize, a Public Health Dental Hygienist (PHDH) may provide preventive treatment without a prior dental exam to patients who are uninsured or eligible for medicaid in a public health setting. To qualify as a PHDH, the individual must complete 42 clock hours of additional course work approved by the Department. At this time the course work has not been determined by the rules making process.
To read the bill in its entirety, click the link: HB5948 FINAL.pdf
For more information about the rule making process, click on the link: IL Rulemaking Process.pdf