ADEA State Update

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

Local Policy | Permanent link

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

State Policy | Permanent link

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

State Policy | Permanent link

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

State Policy | Permanent link

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.


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