Washington Update

Medicare “Doc Fix” and CHIP Extension Signed into Law

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On April 16, 2015, President Obama signed a $210 billion Medicare reform package, the Medicare Access and CHIP Authorization Act of 2015, into law. The Senate passed the legislation, which eliminates the need for annual Medicare “doc fixes,” by an overwhelming... Click Here To Read More

Congressional Budget Update

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A House-passed budget blueprint plans to cut spending by $5.5 trillion over the next 10 years, focusing on priorities of the Republican-led chamber, including balancing the budget and paying down the country’s debt.

The March 25 ... Click Here To Read More

Supreme Court Rules Providers Cannot Sue States for Higher Medicaid Reimbursement Rates

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The Supreme Court ruled that private health care providers could not sue the state in federal court to force a state to raise its Medicaid reimbursement rates. In its 5-4 ruling in Armstrong v. Exceptional Child Center, the Court said that medical providers had... Click Here To Read More

House and Senate Members Voice Support for Title VII and NIDCR Funding

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Members of the House and Senate sent separate “Dear Colleague” letters to their respective appropriations subcommittees requesting $280 million in funding for health professions education and training in the upcoming 2016 fiscal year. The money would be appropriated as part of Title VII of the Public Health Service Act, which provides... Click Here To Read More

ADEA Submits Written Testimony to the Senate Urging Funding for Programs of Importance to Dental Education and Dental and Craniofacial Research

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The American Dental Education Association (ADEA) submitted written testimony to the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies, which is charged with appropriating... Click Here To Read More

HHS Releases Final Recommendations on Community Water Fluoridation

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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released its final recommendations for community water fluoridation on April 27. To summarize:

  1. The HHS recommendations reinforce that optimal community water fluoridation
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ADEA Signs On to Health Professions and Nursing Coalition Letter Asking Congress for Title VII Funding

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The American Dental Education Association (ADEA), the American Dental Association (ADA), the American Association of Dental Research (AADR) and the American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA) were among 57 signatories to the Health Professions and Nursing Coalition ... Click Here To Read More

Advocacy Day Draws a Large Crowd to Capitol Hill

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The American Dental Education Association (ADEA) and the American Association of Dental Research (AADR) held their annual Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill on April 14, with a record crowd of nearly 100 in attendance.

The two associations focused on urging Congress to provide sufficient funding for two major programs: Section 748 of... Click Here To Read More

CMS Updates “Meaningful Use” Rule in Final Stage of HITECH Act

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The third and final rule of the HITECH Act, the six-year-old law designed to create a nationwide health care IT infrastructure, has been released by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

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ADEA Advocacy Website Expands Canadian Resources

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The new ADEA Advocacy website continues to grow, with expanded resources for Canadian members added. The site now features an overview of the Canadian legislative process, information on... Click Here To Read More