ADEA State Update

State Spotlight: How a State Legislature, the Federal Government and a Dental School Work Together to Provide Care

Medicare and Medicaid, Higher Education, Public Health | Permanent link

Recall that during the great recession of 2008, adult dental care under Medicaid was terminated in Utah. Only pregnant women continued to receive dental benefits under Medicaid in the state. As a result of the 2008 financial crisis and its impact on the state’s budget,... Click Here To Read More

Governors Begin Giving State of the State Addresses Outlining State Priorities for 2018

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

On Jan. 3, Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) became the first governor to deliver a State of the State Address for 2018, and released a 2018 State of the State Book to... Click Here To Read More

Trump Administration Announces New Policy for Work Requirements Under Medicaid

Medicare and Medicaid, Federal Policy | Permanent link

On Jan. 11, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a new policy to assist states in efforts to improve Medicaid enrollee health and well-being through incentivizing work and community engagement among non-elderly,... Click Here To Read More

California Restores Adult Medicaid Dental Benefits

State Policy, Medicare and Medicaid | Permanent link

Beginning Jan. 1, 2018, adults enrolled in the Denti-Cal program (California’s Medi-Cal Dental program) are eligible for an expanded set of dental benefits. In November 2017, the Department of Health Care Services issued a ... Click Here To Read More

Arizona’s Occupational Licensure Regulatory Rollback to Continue in 2018

State Policy, Licensure | Permanent link

During 2017, Gov. Doug Ducey’s (R-AZ) goal was to eliminate 500 burdensome regulations by the end of the year. His intent was to roll back burdensome regulations, including occupational licensing regulations, “without harming public health or safety,” according to high-level staff in the governor’s office. The governor asked the public,... Click Here To Read More

Reports of Interest - January 2018

State Policy, Medicare and Medicaid, ACA, Reports of Interest, CHIP | Permanent link

The National Conference of State Legislatures has created an interactive map detailing the 2018 state legislative session prefiling dates,... Click Here To Read More

Federal Court Upholds Georgia Board of Dentistry Policy on Teeth Whitening

Federal Court, Tooth Whitening | Permanent link

On Feb. 1, Judge Leigh Martin May of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia (Court) upheld a policy of the Georgia Board of Dentistry (Board) which prohibits non-dentists from... Click Here To Read More

Governors Address Health and Higher Education Issues in State of the State Addresses

State Policy, Insurance, Education, Funding, Dental Health, Financial Aid, Higher Education, Opioid Abuse, Prescription Drug Abuse | Permanent link

On Jan. 3, governors began giving their State of the State Addresses. Generally, these addresses lay out the governors’ priorities for the year. Some provide details on strategy for achieving a specific goal, while... Click Here To Read More

Virginia Legislation Mandates Workgroup to Develop Opioid Prescribing Guidelines

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

HB 2161 and SB 1179, both prefiled in early January, require Virginia’s Secretary of Health and Human Resources (HHR) to convene a workgroup to... Click Here To Read More

Dental Therapy Bill Introduced in Kansas Legislature

State Policy, Alternative Workforce Models, Dental Health, Dental Hygiene Therapy, Dental Therapist | Permanent link

On Jan. 23, HB 2139 was introduced and referred to the Committee on Health and Human Services in the Kansas Legislature for further consideration. The bill establishes criteria for licensing and delineating the role of dental therapist. Below is an... Click Here To Read More

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