State Update

Indiana Files Bill to Study the High Cost of Dental Education

State Policy, Education | Permanent link
Sen. Pete Miller (R-IN) has filed S.B. 270. The bill requires the Indiana Commission for Higher Education, in consultation with the Indiana State Board of Dentistry and the Indiana University School of Dentistry, to study and make... Click Here To Read More

Oklahoma Files Bill to Increase Loan Repayment Maximum for Dentists

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On January 15, Sen. Kim David (R-OK) filed S.B. 1664. The bill increases the total educational loan repayment assistance a dentist can receive from $25,000 each year to $50,000 each year, for a maximum five-year period. The bill... Click Here To Read More

New Jersey Governor Signs DREAM Act and Vetoes College Affordability Study Bill

State Policy, Education | Permanent link

On December 20, Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ) signed into law S. 2479, the DREAM Act, sponsored by Assistant Majority Leader Sen. M. Teresa Ruiz (D-NJ), along with more than 30 other sponsors and co-sponsors. The new law allows undocumented... Click Here To Read More

Maine Files Bill to Increase College Affordability and the Rate of Degree Completion

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Senate President Justin L. Alfond (D-ME) has sponsored LD 1703 (SP 668), along with more than 50 co-sponsors. Although no formal bill text has been released, the concept draft summary states... Click Here To Read More

Dental Amalgam Bills Filed in Maryland, New Jersey and Vermont

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On November 14, Delegate Alfred C. Carr, Jr. (D-MD) pre-filed H.B. 47. The bill requires the Department of the Environment to create a fact sheet on dental amalgam on or before January 1, 2015. According to the bill, the fact sheet must contain the... Click Here To Read More

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Approves Michigan’s Plan to Expand Medicaid

Medicare and Medicaid | Permanent link
On December 30, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) approved Michigan’s Section 1115 waiver to allow its Medicaid program to be expanded to cover more than 300,000 additional... Click Here To Read More

Maine Moves Ahead with Dental Therapy Bill

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L.D. 1230 is sponsored by Speaker of the House Mark Eves (D-ME), and co-sponsored by 42 members of the state legislature, including Rep.  Heather W. Sirocki (R-ME), a dental hygienist by training.... Click Here To Read More

Institute of Medicine to Study Raising the Minimum Age to Purchase Tobacco Products

Local Policy, State Policy | Permanent link

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) will establish a committee of public health, medical and other experts to conduct a study and prepare a report to be issued to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Center for Tobacco Products (CTP) on the likely public health impact of raising the minimum age for purchasing tobacco products. The CTP will use... Click Here To Read More

State Policy Updates February 2014

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New Mexico

On January 13, Sen. Benny Shendo, Jr. (D-NM) pre-filed S.B. 76. The bill establishes and regulates the role of dental therapist-hygienist. According to the bill, a dental... Click Here To Read More

Reports of Interest February 2014

Reports of Interest | Permanent link
  • The National Governor’s Association released an issue brief titled The Role of Dental Hygienists in Providing Access to Oral Health Care. The brief examines the barriers to access of oral... Click Here To Read More