ADEA State Update

Highlight: Puerto Rico

State Policy, Education, Funding | Permanent link

Puerto Rico is facing the most severe higher education budget cuts in U.S. history and the closure of one-third of its schools at a time when it is still rebounding from last year’s devasting hurricanes.

The U.S. Department of Education (ED) posted a ... Click Here To Read More

Access and Diversity Update - June 2018

State Policy, CHIP, Dental Health | Permanent link

Children’s Oral Health

This month, Washington state took steps to improve children’s access to dental care. The Washington Health Care Authority proposed a rule to expand the Access to Baby and Child Dentistry Program to children... Click Here To Read More

Insurance and Medicaid Update - June 2018

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Medicaid Expansion

It has been a busy month for Medicaid, but the biggest news is that after four years of fighting over Medicaid expansion, Virginia legislators have finally settled on a compromise likely to make Virginia the 33rd state to expand coverage. On May 3, the Virginia Senate ... Click Here To Read More

Opioid Update - June 2018

Opioid Abuse, Prescription Drug Abuse | Permanent link

While Congress and the White House hold hearings and press conferences on the opioid epidemic, states are also working to curb the crisis. The federal government appropriates money in different ways, and much of the federal funding to address the opioid epidemic must be distributed as grants. To that end, West Virginia Rep. David McKinley... Click Here To Read More

Licensing Update - June 2018

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New Rules in Texas

A series of new rules from the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners came into effect in mid-May. Amended rule §101.5 changes the dental license renewal cycle to a two-year period, Rule... Click Here To Read More

Issues in Licensing - May 2018

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In Connecticut, HB 5163 would allow state residents the ability to obtain a license to practice dentistry in the state if they are already licensed in another state with similar or more stringent requirements. The bill would also... Click Here To Read More

Prescription Abuse and the Opioid Crisis - May 2018

State Policy, Opioid Abuse, Prescription Drug Abuse | Permanent link


Naloxone, a drug designed to reverse opioid overdoses, is finding its way into legislation across the United States as lawmakers hope to make opioid antagonists widely available. Michigan is considering a ... Click Here To Read More

Insurance Update - May 2018

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

Louisiana’s HB 780 would create an independent review process for dental service claims made through Medicaid-managed care in the state. A dental claims review panel would be created in the Louisiana Department of Health comprising one... Click Here To Read More

Medicaid and Affordable Care Act Update

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Idaho and the Battle Over the ACA Continues

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma sent an enforcement letter to the state of Idaho informing Governor Butch... Click Here To Read More

State Licensing Update

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Alaska is considering a bill (HB 268) that would allow the state Dental Board to apply sanctions, including suspension, denial and revocation, to any licensee failing to properly inform patients about opioids. Dentists would be required to orally provide the patient... Click Here To Read More

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