State Update

New York Moves Bill to Increase Number of Foreign-Trained Faculty at Dental Schools

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Assembly member Deborah J. Glick (D-NY) has sponsored A08660. The bill passed the full House by a vote of 136-0 on March 24. The bill provides foreign-trained dental faculty the limited privilege of licensure, but only if they are... Click Here To Read More

North Dakota Debates Alternative Workforce Models During Interim Session

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Although the North Dakota Legislative Assembly will not convene a regular legislative session during 2014, state legislators are meeting during the interim to discuss alternative workforce models. 

You may recall that H.B.... Click Here To Read More

National Governors Association to Focus on Health Care Workforce

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On May 12, the National Governors Association (NGA) announced the selection of seven states—Colorado, Indiana, Kentucky, Minnesota, North Carolina, Oklahoma and Wisconsin—to develop and implement statewide plans for their health care workforces.  

“The health care workforce... Click Here To Read More

Several States Hire New Dental Directors

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2014 has been an active year in oral health as several states have hired new dental directors. Additionally, California is finalizing funding and working through the administrative process of hiring a state dental director.

Arkansas

In May, Lindy Bollen, Jr., D.D.S., became the new Director of the Office of Oral... Click Here To Read More

Washington State Will Offer Stand-Alone Dental Plans

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On April 18, the Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner adopted a final administrative rule that will allow dental insurers to offer stand-alone plans for children’s... Click Here To Read More

Council of the District of Columbia Moves Ahead on Taxing Dental Plans

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The Council of the District of Columbia (Council) unanimously approved a bill (Click Here To Read More

Dallas City Council Discusses Banning Fluoridated Water

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The Dallas City Council is considering ending the practice of adding fluoride to it community water system as a way to save millions of dollars. Dallas has been fluoridating its water for almost 50 years. 

Specifically, members of the Dallas City Council are considering whether to renew a three-year contract with a water treatment... Click Here To Read More

CHIP Funding Update

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Funding for the federal Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) will expire at the end of fiscal year (FY) 2015. As a result, the Medicaid and CHIP Payment Access Commission (Click Here To Read More

State Policy Updates - Illinois

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HB 5574
, introduced by Rep. Laura Fine (D-IL), amends the Illinois Dental Practice Act by adding a provision allowing dentists with the appropriate training to administer vaccinations to patients 10 years of age and older pursuant to a valid prescription... Click Here To Read More

Reports of Interest

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The Urban Institute Health Policy Center issued a report finding that most of the newly insured adults are in the income groups targeted by the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion and the health insurance marketplaces. Nearly half of the newly... Click Here To Read More