ADEA State Update

Fifth Circuit Affirms Texas Dental Specialties Regulation Is Unconstitutional

Dental Health, Federal Court, Oral Health | Permanent link

On June 19, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit (Fifth Circuit) affirmed a lower court’s decision finding that it is unconstitutional to prevent dentists from advertising as specialists in areas not recognized as specialties by the American Dental Association... Click Here To Read More

Texas’ SB 4 Law Banning Sanctuary Cities Heads to Court

Local Policy, State Policy, Department of Justice, Federal Court | Permanent link

On June 26, the Chief United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas and former Texas state representative, Orlando Garcia, held a hearing on the constitutionality of SB 4. 

SB 4, which... Click Here To Read More

California Budget Increases Spending for Safety Net Programs and Payments to Dentists

State Policy, Insurance, Medicare and Medicaid, Funding, Medicare and Medicaid Services, Dental Health, Oral Health, Tobacco | Permanent link

On June 27, Gov. Jerry Brown (D-CA) signed AB 120, The Budget Act of 2017, into law before the new... Click Here To Read More

Maine Legislature Overrides Governor’s Veto of Licensure Bill for Independent Practice Dental Hygienists

State Policy, Advanced Dental Hygiene Practitioner, Alternative Workforce Models, Dental Health, Dental Hygiene Therapy, Dental Therapist, Licensure, Oral Health | Permanent link

Over the span of two days (June 6–7), members of the Maine legislature voted to override Gov. Paul LePage’s (R-ME) June 2  ... Click Here To Read More

Bipartisan Group of Governors Sends Letter to Congress on Health Care and Medicaid Reform

State Policy, Insurance, Medicare and Medicaid, ACA, Federal Policy, Medicare and Medicaid Services | Permanent link

On June 16, Gov. Tom Wolf (D-PA) and six other governors sent a letter to U.S. Senate leaders urging Congress to take any version of... Click Here To Read More

Nevada Governor Vetoes Medicaid-For-All Bill

State Policy, Insurance, Medicare and Medicaid, ACA | Permanent link

On June 16, Gov. Brian Sandoval (R-NV) vetoed a bill that would have required the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services, if authorized by federal law, to establish a health care plan within Medicaid for purchase... Click Here To Read More

University of Michigan Gun Ban Upheld by State Appeals Court

State Policy, Graduate Students, Higher Education, State Court | Permanent link

On June 6, the Michigan Court of Appeals affirmed that the University of Michigan’s 2001 ordinance banning firearms on all properties owned, leased or controlled by the university was within the constitutional scope of the... Click Here To Read More

Philadelphia’s Sugary Beverage Tax Wins in Appeals Court

Local Policy, Public Health, State Court | Permanent link

On June 14, an en banc Commonwealth Court upheld Philadelphia’s tax on sweetened beverages after rejecting arguments that the levy was a legally impermissible duplication of the state’s sales tax.[1]

Background

The city’s ... Click Here To Read More

National Governors Association Releases Ideas From 13 States to Improve Health Care

Medicare and Medicaid, ACA, Public Health | Permanent link

On June 20, the National Governors Association released Shared Priorities from the Governors’ Bipartisan Health Reform Learning Network, which summarizes a collection of bipartisan ideas from 13 states—California, Delaware,... Click Here To Read More

Dental Regulations of Interest - July 2017

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Utah

Utah’s Department of Health has proposed a rule to implement provisions of both S.B. 39, passed during the 2016 General Session, and S.B. 274, passed during the 2017 General Session. The provisions both direct the Department of Health... Click Here To Read More

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