ADEA State Update

Spotlight on the States: Occupational Licensing Review of Dental Professionals Ramps Up

State Policy, Dental Health, Licensure, Oral Health | Permanent link

The dental hygiene profession is one of the 34 occupations selected for review in the new National Occupational Licensing Database, which was created by the... Click Here To Read More

States Continue to Discuss Student Loan Forgiveness Programs for Dentists

State Policy, Education, Financial Aid, Higher Education | Permanent link

As state legislatures begin to look for ways to increase the number of dental professionals willing to serve in rural and underserved areas in their states, the focus once again is shifting to loan forgiveness programs for dentists.... Click Here To Read More

Congress Extends the Children’s Health Insurance Program for 10 Years

State Policy, Federal Policy, CHIP | Permanent link

On Feb. 9, Congress passed and President Trump signed another short-term budget agreement, which included a provision to lengthen the six-year funding extension for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), passed by Congress last month, to 10 years of... Click Here To Read More

CMS Approves Medicaid Waivers: Work Requirements, Premiums and Lockouts Included

Medicare and Medicaid, Medicare and Medicaid Services | Permanent link

Recently, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) approved Medicaid 1115 demonstration waivers in Kentucky and Indiana. The waivers continue to signal a new direction by this administration regarding the future of Medicaid. Below is a brief overview of the waivers.

 

Kentucky

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Maryland Focuses on Medicaid Adult Dental Benefits

Medicare and Medicaid, Dental Health | Permanent link

On Feb. 7, the Maryland Senate Finance Committee heard testimony on SB 284. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Thomas Middleton (D-MD), Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, and Sen. Guy Guzzone, Majority... Click Here To Read More

An Update on Dental Regulations - February 2018

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HHS Delays Implementation of the Common Rule

On Jan. 22, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued an Interim Final Rule to delay implementation of... Click Here To Read More

Report of Interest - February 2018

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On Jan. 30, the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) submitted final... Click Here To Read More

Washington State Signs Into Law Dental Health Aide Therapy Bill

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

On Feb. 21, Gov. Jay Inslee (D-WA) signed the first bill of the regular session into law—SB 5079. The new law allows federally recognized tribes to use federal funding for dental health aide therapists (DHATs), who provide... Click Here To Read More

Several States Support Block Granting Medicaid

State Policy, Insurance, Medicare and Medicaid, Funding | Permanent link

As a result of Congress and the new administration’s focus on potentially converting Medicaid to a block grant or per-capita cap, state legislatures around the country are drafting legislation in anticipation of major changes to the program.[1] Many states have an expectation that Congress may ultimately turn Medicaid into a block... Click Here To Read More

Florida Legislator Files Bill to Study Dental Services Under Medicaid

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

On March 3, Sen. Bobby Powell (D-FL) filed SB 1596. The bill appropriates $250,000 for fiscal year 2017-18 for the Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability (OPPAGA) to contract with... Click Here To Read More

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