Washington Update

Supreme Court Case Hinges on the Meaning of Four Words in the ACA

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The Supreme Court heard oral arguments on March 4 in King v. Burwell, a case crucial to the survival of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The case challenges the validity of tax subsidies for consumers who buy their health... Click Here To Read More

House Republicans Say They Have a Plan if Supreme Court Ruling Guts the ACA

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House Republicans say they are close to unveiling an alternative to the ACA if the Supreme Court’s upcoming ruling in King v. Burwell results in a major disruption to the law. 

Following the March 4... Click Here To Read More

HRSA Releases Projections for Dentists and Dental Hygienists 2012–25

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The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) released a report in February detailing national and state-level projections of dentists and dental hygienists for 2012–25.

The report says there were some... Click Here To Read More

CDC Releases Report on Dental Caries and Sealant Prevalence in Children and Adolescents

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a report titled “Dental Caries and Sealant Prevalence in Children and Adolescents in the United States, 2011-2012.” The report’s data show that approximately 23% of children aged 2–5 years had dental caries in... Click Here To Read More

House Passes Bipartisan Bill to Avert Physician Reimbursement Cuts and Extend CHIP

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The House passed H.R. 2, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015, on March 26 in a 392-37 vote. The bill permanently replaces the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR), the formula for physician reimbursement under... Click Here To Read More

President Obama Signs Student Aid Bill of Rights

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President Obama signed a Presidential Memorandum directing the Department of Education (ED) and other federal agencies to increase their efforts to help student borrowers pay for their educations... Click Here To Read More

Education Department Begins Talks to Establish a Second PAYE Plan for Student Loans

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At the end of February, the Department of Education (ED) held the first negotiated rulemaking committee meeting designed to expand the Pay-As-You-Earn (PAYE) repayment plan.

The meeting, the first of three to be held over the next two months, was... Click Here To Read More

ADEA Is Signatory to Letter Sent to Education Department on Proposed Rating System

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ADEA signed onto a Feb. 18 letter to the Department of Education (ED) asking the department to abandon its plan to set up a university and college rating system. The letter, sent by the American Council on Education and signed by 26 associations,... Click Here To Read More

ADEA Endorses Bill to Cut Education Department Red Tape

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ADEA is one of 24 higher education groups that signed a letter backing a bill that would stop the Department of Education (ED) from implementing certain regulations until Congress reauthorizes the Higher Education Act.

The Feb. 23 ... Click Here To Read More

Report Bemoans Cuts to GME Funding for Teaching Health Centers

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Teaching Health Centers (THC), which train physicians and dentists in community-based settings, appear to be one of the most promising ways to reverse the shortage of primary care providers, especially in rural areas. More than nine out of 10 THC graduates stay in primary care as compared to less than one in four graduates from traditional... Click Here To Read More