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What is CalHyPAC?
By Linda Brookman, RDHAP, MS & Joan Ong, RDHAP, MPH
Directors on the Board of CalHyPAC
This past Fall, the Board of Directors of California Hygiene Political Action Committee (CalHyPAC) met in Sacramento for our annual in-person meeting to plan for 2024. We had the pleasure of having Aaron Reed sit down with us and give us an oral history of how his lobby firm has helped improve the laws for dental hygienists since 1978. His firm, by lobbying for certain laws, has broadened our practice with the formation of RDHAPs. Aaron Reed and Associates has also ensured that we could continue to practice to the full extent of our scope of practice, thereby protecting our profession and allowing us to reach more California citizens, especially those in need. He regaled us with stories of why he has such respect for dental hygienists and called us the “White Hats”, the “good guys”. Jennifer Tannehill, his associate, with whom we are in constant contact, updated us on relevant impending issues.
Many California dental hygienists seem to confuse what the California Dental Hygiene Association (CDHA), CalHyPAC, and the Dental Hygiene Board of California (DHBC) organizations are and what they do, mistakenly lumping them into one big organization.
These three entities are totally separate. The first entity, CDHA, is the state’s dental hygiene professional organization and the voice of dental hygienists in California. If you want to feel the strength of your profession or feel that something needs to be changed or have a vision for our profession contact and join your association. The second entity, DHBC, is the licensing board in our state. We are autonomous! California is the only state where dental hygienists are regulated by their own board. In all other states, dental hygienists are regulated by their Dental Board. Finally, CalHyPAC is the fundraising organization that contributes dollars to Assembly Members and Senators who support bills which support our needs and laws we want passed as they go through the House and Senate committees. PACs are legal entities authorized by the state for raising funds used to participate in elections. PACs are regulated by the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC).
How does CalHyPAC work?
The California Legislature is composed of legislators from 80 Assembly seats and 40 state Senate seats. Assemblymembers are elected every two years, state Senators are elected every four years. Elections for Senate seats are staggered so that every two years either the even or odd numbered Senate seats are on the ballot for election by the voters.
Assembly and state Senate candidates seek donations from interest groups like dental hygienists, trade associations, business groups, labor unions, environmental organizations, taxpayers’ groups, and public employee unions like teacher, civil servants, law enforcement and firefighters.
CalHyPAC raises funds for political contributions for ALL dental hygienists, but your voice is heard through CDHA, so unless you’re a member, we don’t know what you want changed.
Dental Hygienists exercise their right to participate in California elections by supporting CalHyPAC monetarily, which is used to support candidates for elected office who care about what CDHA cares about: access to oral healthcare and the practice of dental hygiene.
To help enhance and protect your profession, contribute to CalHyPAC. Anything you give, from five dollars and up, helps you maintain and grow our profession so we may continue to treat our patients how we were taught to give the highest quality of oral health prevention! Look for us at CE courses, or go to our website at https://calhypac.org/ and look for the “Donations” link on the first page or see below:
Where should contributions be sent?
Please make checks payable to: CalHyPAC. The mailing address is below.
Debbie Phillips, RDH
182 Cameo Dr.
Danville, CA 94526
You can also donate online:
Paypal: search for California Dental Hygienists Association Political Action Committee (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Association Healthcare Plan
Dental hygienists are a unique group of individuals whose employers generally DO NOT provide them with healthcare, nor access to a healthcare plan. This leaves the hygienist searching for plans each year and many are not finding affordable plans. With the prospect of an Association Healthcare Plan being made available through our professional organization, hygienists will have a choice!
There are about 20,000 Registered Dental Hygienists in California.
Don’t take our choice away, Governor Brown, please veto SB 1375.
Bill Text - SB-1375 Health insurance: small employer groups