Washington Update

Department of Defense Revises Rules for Tuition Assistance Program

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The Department of Defense (DOD) has issued a small revision to the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that educational institutions must endorse to take part in DOD’s Tuition Assistance Program. The MOU sets out the commitments between an educational institute and the DOD.... Click Here To Read More

New Financial Aid Guidance Following Supreme Court DOMA Ruling

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On July 24, the Department of Education released two Dear Colleague letters that provide financial aid guidance following the Supreme Court’s 2013 ruling that struck down portions of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the federal law that restricted the terms marriage and spouse to heterosexual couples. 

The ... Click Here To Read More

Appeals Court Upholds Texas' Affirmative Action Policy

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A federal appeals court has ruled that the University of Texas (UT) can continue to use its race-conscious admissions policy, a decision that cheered diversity proponents but could send the long-running issue back to the Supreme Court of the... Click Here To Read More

Appeals Courts Hand Down Opposing Rulings on ACA Subsidies

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Two federal appeals courts have issued opposing rulings on the legality of subsidies for most insurance premiums purchased through the federal insurance marketplace or federally run state exchanges established under the Affordable Care Act... Click Here To Read More

CMS Challenges CME Reporting Exception to Open Payments Program

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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a proposed rule that would remove the reporting exclusion that now exists for payments to medical speakers at continuing medical education (CME) events. CMS said the exclusion, which is granted... Click Here To Read More

Congressional Caucus Launched to Support Medicaid Expansion

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Two Democratic House members and more than 30 of their House colleagues have launched a new Congressional caucus to press for the expansion of Medicaid benefits in all 50 states. 

Rep. Frank Johnson (D-GA) and Rep. G.K Butterfield (D-NC), the two co-chairs of the caucus, said the group will rely on op-eds, floor speeches, social... Click Here To Read More

In Memoriam: Dr. Alison Riddle-Fletcher, NDA President

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Dr. Alison Riddle-Fletcher, President of the National Dental Association (NDA), died following a battle with cancer on July 1 at the age of 55. Dr. Riddle-Fletcher—who practiced in Baltimore with her husband, Dr. Nathan Fletcher—was a third-generation dentist.

Dr. Riddle-Fletcher, who received her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree... Click Here To Read More

ADEA/Sunstar Americas, Inc./Harry W. Bruce, Jr. Legislative Fellowship - September 2014

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Dental school faculty members or administrators who want to interface with members of Congress on issues of importance to oral health are encouraged to apply for the ADEA/Sunstar Americas, Inc./Harry W. Bruce, Jr. Legislative Fellowship. The fellow selected spends three months in Washington, D.C., working on issues... Click Here To Read More

ADEA/Sunstar Americas, Inc./Jack Bresch Student Legislative Internship - September 2014

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The ADEA/Sunstar Americas, Inc./Jack Bresch Student Legislative Internship is a six-week, stipend-supported internship in the Advocacy and Governmental Relations (ADEA AGR) portfolio of the ADEA Policy Center in Washington, D.C. This student legislative internship provides a unique learning experience... Click Here To Read More

Congressional Resources—September 2014

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For those interested in following the congressional proceedings, please access the U.S. House or Senate by way of the following links:

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