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Residency Bill Signed Into Law

House Bill 1411, sponsored by House of Representatives Health Care and Wellness Committee Chair Eileen Cody (D-34), at the request of WSDA, passed the Legislature unanimously and was signed into law by the governor on Friday. 

The bill changes the requirements for residency programs that may be completed in lieu of examination for applicants for dental licensure. With the passage of this legislation, an applicant may forego the examination requirement if he or she completes a general practice, pediatric, or advanced education in general dentistry residency, which may now be one year long rather than between one and three years. The program must serve predominately low-income patients, but no longer must be located in a community health clinic or a dental care health professional shortage area. 

Thank you to all of the WSDA members who helped support this bill, especially Dr. Amy Winston, who put forth tremendous effort and made many trips to Olympia to testify and speak to legislators on its behalf.  

HB 1411 will take effect on July 23, 2017.

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