ADEA State Update

Colorado Governor Weighs in on Water Fluoridation

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On July 29, Gov. John Hickenlooper (D-CO) and Dr. Larry Wolk, executive director and chief medical officer at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, issued a joint statement in support of... Click Here To Read More

Maine Secretary of State Accepts Dental Hygiene Therapy Program Rules

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On June 29, the Maine Secretary of State’s Office accepted the Maine Board of Dental Examiners (Board) filing of its adopted rule—“Requirements for Establishing a Board Approved Dental Hygiene Therapy Program.” The rule... Click Here To Read More

Oregon Governor Signs Bill Requiring Dental Screenings for Students Seven and Younger

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On June 25, Gov. Kate Brown (D-OR) signed H.B. 2972 into law. Under the new law, Oregon children who are starting public school and are seven years old or younger will be required to have dental screenings, or show proof they have had one. ... Click Here To Read More

Kentucky Governor Announces Loan Forgiveness Program for Dentists

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On July 20, Gov. Steve Beshear (D-KY) announced the creation of a new loan forgiveness program supported by $500,000 in state funds available to dental students who commit to practice in the region. The ... Click Here To Read More

Arkansas State Dental Association Votes to Work with UAMS to Study the Feasibility of a Public College of Dentistry

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In June, the leadership of the Arkansas State Dental Association (ASDA) voted to concur with the development of a formal plan for a public college of dentistry through the University of... Click Here To Read More

Oregon Becomes Second State to Offer Students Free Tuition at Community Colleges

State Policy, Education | Permanent link

On July 17, Gov. Kate Brown signed S.B. 81 into law, making Oregon the second state in the nation to offer certain students free community college.[1]

“Oregonians can now afford to dream big,” Gov. Brown said. “[We flung] wide... Click Here To Read More

Alaska and Utah Governors Announce Plans to Expand Medicaid

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On July 16, Gov. Bill Walker (I-AK) sent a letter to the Legislative Budget and Audit Committee (LBA Committee) giving members the required 45-day notice of his intention to... Click Here To Read More

MACPAC Issues Summer 2015 Report to Congress and Discusses Adult Dental Benefits

State Policy, Medicare and Medicaid | Permanent link

In its June 2015 Report to Congress (see PDF page 23), the Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Payment Access Commission (MACPAC) reviewed, in part, access to dental... Click Here To Read More

Twenty-eight States Join the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement as Federal Rules Take Effect

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Thus far, 28 states have joined the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (SARA) initiative. On July 31, Illinois was approved by the Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC) to join the Midwestern State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (M-SARA); on June 1, Iowa was approved by MHEC. To... Click Here To Read More

The National Governors Association Announces New Executive Committee Leadership

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During the 2015 Summer Meeting of the National Governors Association (NGA), the association announced the new members of the executive committee leadership.

The new NGA Chair Gov. Gary Herbert (R-UT) and Vice... Click Here To Read More