State Update

Children’s Health Insurance Program Funding Extended Through 2017

Medicare and Medicaid, Federal Policy, CHIP | Permanent link

Congress extended the funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for two years, through 2017. CHIP is a federal-state partnership program launched in 1997 to ensure health insurance coverage for low-income children whose parents do not qualify for... Click Here To Read More

Montana and Pennsylvania Move Forward with Medicaid Expansion Programs

State Policy, Medicare and Medicaid | Permanent link

Montana Governor Steve Bullock (D-MT) signed a Medicaid expansion bill into law after the Montana legislature reached a compromise on the issue. The Montana Health and Economic Livelihood Partnership (HELP) Act was signed on April 29, 2015, after being ushered through the... Click Here To Read More

Many State Legislatures Enter Special Session, Others Adjourn for the Year

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Most state legislatures operate on a part-time schedule and many have adjourned for the year. However, some states remain deadlocked in fights over Medicaid expansion or the state budget, resulting in special sessions beyond the normal schedule.

Alaska’s legislature adjourned April 27, 2015 (after already extending past... Click Here To Read More

California Medi-Cal Plans Required to Provide Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic, and Treatment to Children

State Policy, Medicare and Medicaid | Permanent link

The California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) issued a letter directing all Medi-Cal managed care health plans (MCPs) to provide Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic, and Treatment (EPSDT) services to all eligible... Click Here To Read More

State Legislatures Turn Attention to Telehealth

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As states face health care services shortages, state legislature are turning to telehealth to help alleviate the problem. The most common telehealth policies that arise include establishing the definition and scope of telehealth practice allowed in the state and providing for parity in health insurance coverage, requiring insurers to... Click Here To Read More

Pediatric Dental Care Measures in Arkansas and Illinois

State Policy, Insurance, ACA | Permanent link

Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson (R-AR) signed Act 1134 into law on April 7, 2015. The act addresses the essential pediatric oral health benefit under the Affordable Care Act. Under the law, health plans within the state exchange without pediatric oral... Click Here To Read More

Community Water Fluoridation Update - May 2015

State Policy, State Policy Updates | Permanent link

Despite being called one of the 10 great public health achievements of the 20th century, community water fluoridation continues to be a hot button issue. While there are bills moving in some state legislatures, most of the action on community water fluoridation is at the local level.

The Clarksburg, WV Water Board... Click Here To Read More

Chicago Expands Dental Program to all Public Schools

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On May 6, the Chicago City Council approved an ordinance, introduced by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, which would expand that city’s current dental... Click Here To Read More

Reports of Interest - May 2015

Local Policy, HHS, Reports of Interest | Permanent link

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