ADEA State Update

Highlight: Puerto Rico

State Policy, Education, Funding | Permanent link

Puerto Rico is facing the most severe higher education budget cuts in U.S. history and the closure of one-third of its schools at a time when it is still rebounding from last year’s devasting hurricanes.

The U.S. Department of Education (ED) posted a ... Click Here To Read More

Access and Diversity Update - June 2018

State Policy, CHIP, Dental Health | Permanent link

Children’s Oral Health

This month, Washington state took steps to improve children’s access to dental care. The Washington Health Care Authority proposed a rule to expand the Access to Baby and Child Dentistry Program to children... Click Here To Read More

Insurance and Medicaid Update - June 2018

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Medicaid Expansion

It has been a busy month for Medicaid, but the biggest news is that after four years of fighting over Medicaid expansion, Virginia legislators have finally settled on a compromise likely to make Virginia the 33rd state to expand coverage. On May 3, the Virginia Senate ... Click Here To Read More

Opioid Update - June 2018

Opioid Abuse, Prescription Drug Abuse | Permanent link

While Congress and the White House hold hearings and press conferences on the opioid epidemic, states are also working to curb the crisis. The federal government appropriates money in different ways, and much of the federal funding to address the opioid epidemic must be distributed as grants. To that end, West Virginia Rep. David McKinley... Click Here To Read More

Licensing Update - June 2018

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New Rules in Texas

A series of new rules from the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners came into effect in mid-May. Amended rule §101.5 changes the dental license renewal cycle to a two-year period, Rule... Click Here To Read More

Fifth Circuit Affirms Texas Dental Specialties Regulation Is Unconstitutional

Dental Health, Federal Court, Oral Health | Permanent link

On June 19, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit (Fifth Circuit) affirmed a lower court’s decision finding that it is unconstitutional to prevent dentists from advertising as specialists in areas not recognized as specialties by the American Dental Association... Click Here To Read More

Texas’ SB 4 Law Banning Sanctuary Cities Heads to Court

Local Policy, State Policy, Department of Justice, Federal Court | Permanent link

On June 26, the Chief United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas and former Texas state representative, Orlando Garcia, held a hearing on the constitutionality of SB 4. 

SB 4, which... Click Here To Read More

California Budget Increases Spending for Safety Net Programs and Payments to Dentists

State Policy, Insurance, Medicare and Medicaid, Funding, Medicare and Medicaid Services, Dental Health, Oral Health, Tobacco | Permanent link

On June 27, Gov. Jerry Brown (D-CA) signed AB 120, The Budget Act of 2017, into law before the new... Click Here To Read More

Maine Legislature Overrides Governor’s Veto of Licensure Bill for Independent Practice Dental Hygienists

State Policy, Advanced Dental Hygiene Practitioner, Alternative Workforce Models, Dental Health, Dental Hygiene Therapy, Dental Therapist, Licensure, Oral Health | Permanent link

Over the span of two days (June 6–7), members of the Maine legislature voted to override Gov. Paul LePage’s (R-ME) June 2  ... Click Here To Read More

Bipartisan Group of Governors Sends Letter to Congress on Health Care and Medicaid Reform

State Policy, Insurance, Medicare and Medicaid, ACA, Federal Policy, Medicare and Medicaid Services | Permanent link

On June 16, Gov. Tom Wolf (D-PA) and six other governors sent a letter to U.S. Senate leaders urging Congress to take any version of... Click Here To Read More

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