Washington Update

Congressional Budget Office Report Fuels ACA Debate

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A February 4 report by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) on the impact of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on the U.S. labor market set off a firestorm on Capitol Hill when it estimated that by 2024 some 2.5... Click Here To Read More

Bipartisan Effort Extends the Debt Limit Until March 2015

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January marked the fourth time in three years that Congress faced a potential debt-limit crisis, but this time brinksmanship was avoided. By mid-February, a bipartisan effort extended the debt limit until March 2015—well beyond the upcoming November elections—and the Tea Party received a strong rebuke.  Nonetheless, conservative congressional... Click Here To Read More

Portions of Employer Health Insurance Mandate Postponed

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The Obama Administration last month announced it would further delay the requirement that certain businesses provide health insurance to their employees, in some cases postponing the obligation until 2016, a full two years after the date originally set by the law.

The Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) so-called “employer mandate,” which... Click Here To Read More

Senate Debates Veterans Health Bill with Academic Dentistry Provisions

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On February 26, the Senate began floor debate on the Comprehensive Veterans Health and Benefits and Military Pay Restoration Act of 2014 (S.1982), which includes a number of provisions impacting academic dentistry.   

Namely, Title III of Subtitle E (Dental Care Eligibility Expansion and Enhancement) in the bill provides:Click Here To Read More

Upcoming Retirements Cost House Democrats Decades of Experience

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A growing number of the most senior members of the House Democratic caucus have announced their retirements from the GOP-led House. These include Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA), the ranking member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee; Rep. George Miller (D-CA), the ranking member on the House Committee on Education and the Workforce; and Rep. John... Click Here To Read More

U.S. to Earn $66 Billion from Student Loans Despite the Program’s Uncertainty

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It is difficult to know with certainty the future costs of the federal student-loan program, and therefore almost impossible to set an interest rate that guarantees the government does not make too large a profit or simply break even, according to a study from the non-partisan Government Accountability Office (GAO).

The GAO’s January 31... Click Here To Read More

Senators Introduce Legislation to Lower College Costs

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Three Democratic Senators have introduced a bill they say will spur colleges to “innovate to reduce costs.” The College Affordability and Innovation Act of 2014 was introduced on January 29 by Chris Murphy (D-CT), Brian Schatz (D-HI) and Patty Murray... Click Here To Read More

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) Proposes Accreditation Reform

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Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) has proposed setting up a new independent board to accredit free online courses, in addition to announcing his support for a proposal by Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) permitting states and companies to accredit academic courses. The White House has also floated the idea of creating a new system of accreditation... Click Here To Read More

Improving Access to Oral Care for People with Intellectual Disabilities

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Over the last decade, numerous studies have affirmed that individuals with neurodevelopmental and intellectual disabilities (ND/ID) such as autism, Down syndrome and cerebral palsy do not receive adequate health and oral care.

The American Academy... Click Here To Read More

NIH names first Chief Officer for Scientific Workforce Diversity

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The National Institutes for Health (NIH) has appointed its first Chief Officer for Scientific Workforce Diversity, Hannah Valantine, M.D.  Dr. Valantine, who will start work this spring, formerly served as Senior Associate Dean for Diversity and Leadership at Stanford School of Medicine and Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine at Stanford... Click Here To Read More
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