ADEA State Update

States Revisit Structure of Affordable Care Act Marketplaces in Face of Pending Decision in King v. Burwell

State Policy, ACA | Permanent link

A pending Supreme Court decision could gut federally facilitated health insurance exchanges under the Affordable Care Act (ACA); of the 34 states with a federally run exchange structure, 10 have legislative proposals to change to a state-run exchange.

In King v. Burwell, the Supreme Court considers whether people enrolled in... Click Here To Read More

Alternative Workforce Models Update

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As states continue to face access to dental care issues, many turn to alternative workforce models, such as dental therapy and expanding the scope of practice, in an effort to provide more access to care. Below is a synopsis of various proposals and/or resolutions on alternative workforce models under consideration in the... Click Here To Read More

Oregon Considers Requiring Coordinated Care Organizations to Have Representation from Dental Care Organizations

State Policy, Medicare and Medicaid | Permanent link

The Oregon House is considering HB 2935, which requires any governing body of coordinated care organizations (CCOs) to include a representative from at least one dental care organization (DCO). 

Oregon changed its Medicaid... Click Here To Read More

Hawaii Seeks to Address Dental Benefits in Medicaid and Orthodontic Treatment Coverage in Private Insurance for Orofacial Anomalies

State Policy, Insurance, Medicare and Medicaid | Permanent link

Hawaii’s legislature is considering two separate measures related to dental benefits. The first, HB 1161, would appropriate funds to restore adult dental benefits to Medicaid enrollees. Additionally, it would fund federally qualified health centers... Click Here To Read More

Minnesota Bill Would Establish Smile Healthy Minnesota 2016 Program to Expand Access to Dental Care

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Minnesota seeks to establish the Smile Healthy Minnesota 2016 grant program through companion bills SF 866 and Click Here To Read More

Iowa Passes Law Allowing Retired Dental Professionals to Provide Volunteer Dental Services

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The Iowa legislature passed HF 202 establishing a retired volunteer license for retired dental professionals. Governor Terry Branstad signed the bill into law on March 31, 2015. 

This licensure will allow... Click Here To Read More

Wisconsin Governor’s Budget Includes $2 million for Marquette’s School of Dentistry

State Policy, Education, Funding | Permanent link

Governor Scott Walker included $2 million for Marquette University’s School of Dentistry in the state’s capital budget. The funds will help with the expansion of Marquette’s pediatric dental program as well as create a post-graduate periodontics program. Marquette will provide a $2 million match to fund the expansion... Click Here To Read More

Governor of Maine Signs Dental Hygiene Therapy Bill Into Law

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On April 28, Gov. Paul LePage (R-ME) signed into law L.D. 1230, “An Act to Improve Access to Oral Health Care,” thereby creating the role of dental hygiene therapist in the State of Maine. The bill passed with... Click Here To Read More

Rhode Island Debates Public Health Dental Hygienists

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Reps. Joseph M. McNamara (D-RI) and K. Joseph Shekarchi (D-RI) have introduced H7984. The bill authorizes the practice of public health dental hygienists. According to the bill language, a public health dental hygienist may practice in a public... Click Here To Read More

Ohio Bill Filed to Add Dentistry to Existing State Scholarship Program

State Policy, Education | Permanent link

On April 8, Sen. Joe Uecker (R–OH) filed S.B. 327. The bill has been referred to the Senate Commerce & Labor Committee for further consideration. Thus far, four senators have joined... Click Here To Read More

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