State Update

Michigan Seeks to add Dentists to an Existing Health Provider Loan Repayment Program and Minority Grant Program

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S.B. 648 has been introduced by Sen. John Moolenaar (R-MI) and is tie-barred with ... Click Here To Read More

Kansas Bill Seeks to Increase Access to Dental Care

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Since 1943, Kansas law has required dentists with satellite practices to be “physically present” for at least half of the time that “dentistry is performed” at each location. Specifically, current law provides that licensed dentists cannot operate dental offices, advertise the dentists’ names or associate together for the practice of dentistry... Click Here To Read More

States File Teledentistry Bills

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For states with large rural and/or underserved populations, telehealth has developed as a cost-effective alternative to traditional face-to-face consultations or examinations between a provider and a patient. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), the most common path being taken by states is to cover telehealth... Click Here To Read More

National Governors Association Releases an Issue Brief on Prescription Drug Abuse

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According to the National Governors Association (NGA), prescription drug abuse is the fastest growing drug problem in the United States and the second most common type of drug abuse (following marijuana use among 12- to 17-year-olds). Prescription drugs account for nearly 60% of all deaths from drug overdose. Pain relievers such as oxycodone,... Click Here To Read More

California Debates a Warning Label on Sugary Drinks

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California may become the first state in the country to require warning labels on the front of all beverage containers with added sweeteners that have 75 or more calories in every 12 ounces. Sen. Bill Monning (D-CA) has sponsored... Click Here To Read More

States Tackle Community Water Fluoridation

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 204 million people in the United States are served by public water supplies containing enough fluoride to protect their teeth. However, approximately 100 million Americans still do not have access to fluoridated water. Listed below are several bills currently pending in state... Click Here To Read More

California May Expand Health Coverage to all Residents

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S.B. 1005, the Health for All Act, sponsored by Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-CA), along with 16 co-sponsors, would use California state funds to expand eligibility in Medi-Cal (California’s Medicaid program) to... Click Here To Read More

Gubernatorial Elections Will be Held in 36 States in 2014

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According to the National Governor’s Association (NGA), gubernatorial elections will be held in 36 states and three territories in 2014. Additionally, there are 31 incumbent governors eligible to run for reelection and eight incumbent governors who are term-limited or have announced they will not seek reelection. The primary elections will be held... Click Here To Read More

State Policy Updates March 2014

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Idaho

H.B. 395 passed the full House on February 11 by a vote of 62-6. The floor sponsor was Minority Leader, John Rusche, M.D. (D-ID). This legislation restores cuts to Medicaid made during the 2011... Click Here To Read More

Reports of Interest March 2014

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The National Governors Association (NGA), Health Care Sustainability Task Force released a report providing several recommendations which the federal government can adopt to reduce barriers to innovation and... Click Here To Read More