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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 8, 2011

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Marla Augustine, Communications and Legislative Services, (402) 471-4047 or marla.augustine@nebraska.gov

Department of Health and Human Services to Hold Hearings November 17 on Proposed Changes to Regulations

Lincoln – The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Division of Public Health is holding two hearings to accept comments on proposed regulations related to the credentialing of environmental health specialists and to the licensure of dentists and dental hygienists. The hearings will be held November 17 in the Nebraska State Office Building, 301 Centennial Mall South, Lower Level, Conference Room A, in Lincoln.
 
Public Hearing at 10:00 a.m. CT
 
Comments will be accepted on proposed regulations related to the credentialing of environmental health specialists.
 
Public Hearing at 1:30 p.m. CT
 
Comments will be accepted on proposed regulations related to the licensure of dentists and dental hygienists.

Both sets of proposed regulations are rewrites to reflect the provisions of the Uniform Credentialing Act. The proposed regulations include:
  • New processes for credentialing;
  • Continuing competency requirements;
  • Grounds for discipline and acts considered unprofessional conduct; and
  • Administrative penalty for practice without a credential.
The proposed regulations also require lawful presence in the U.S.

Anyone may attend and comment at a hearing or submit comments in writing. Written comments will be given the same consideration as comments made in person. Written comments must be postmarked or received by 5:00 p.m. CT, November 19, and should be sent to DHHS Legal Services, 301 Centennial Mall South, P.O. Box 95026, Lincoln, NE 68509-5026, fax 402-742-2382, or e-mailed to DHHS.RulesandRegs@nebraska.gov. Copies of written comments and names of persons submitting them will be available after the hearing from DHHS as above.

Draft regulations are available online at http://www.sos.ne.gov/rules-and-regs/regtrack/index.cgi.

Draft regulations are also available at DHHS as above, phone 402-471-9022, and at the office of the Secretary of State, Regulations Division, Room 1305, State Capitol, Lincoln, NE 68509, phone 402-471-2385. Draft fiscal impact statements for these regulations are available at DHHS as above.

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