ADEA State Update

Spotlight on the States: Dental Therapy Bills Gain Traction From Coast-to-Coast

State Policy, Education, Alternative Workforce Models, Dental Hygiene Therapy, Dental Therapist, Licensure | Permanent link

Arizona

SB 1377, a bill establishing the role of licensed dental therapist, has passed the full Senate and has been sent to the House for further consideration. ... Click Here To Read More

Governors Release FY19 Budget Proposals

State Policy, Funding, Opioid Abuse, Prescription Drug Abuse | Permanent link

Most governors’ budget proposals for FY19 have called for another year of slow spending growth, with a few governors proposing declines in general fund spending. 

As has been the case most years since the last recession, many governors are targeting the largest amount of new spending to elementary and secondary education.... Click Here To Read More

Legislatures Discuss Creating a State Individual Mandate

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

Although the individual mandate within the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was repealed as part of the tax reform bill recently signed into law by President Trump, at least nine states are taking the issue into their own hands. State lawmakers in California, Connecticut,... Click Here To Read More

States Refocus Their Attention on College Campus Gun Laws and Keeping Students Safe

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On Feb. 22, Gov. Dan Malloy (D-CT) announced the formation of the new “States for Gun Safety” coalition to combat gun violence. 

Governors from New York, New Jersey and Rhode Island joined the coalition initially, and on Feb. 26, the coalition expanded to include Massachusetts, Delaware and Puerto Rico. ... Click Here To Read More

Bankruptcy Standards for Student Loans May Get a Fresh Look

Department of Education, Financial Aid, Higher Education | Permanent link

On Feb. 21, the U.S. Department of Education issued a request for... Click Here To Read More

Texas Sunset Commission Files Bill to Implement Changes to the Texas Board of Dental Examiners

State Policy, Dental Health, Licensure, Opioid Abuse, Oral Health, Prescription Drug Abuse, Public Health | Permanent link

The Texas State Board of Dental Examiners (TSBDE) is subject to abolishment on Sept. 1, 2017, under the Texas Sunset Act, unless continued by the Texas legislature. In January 2017, the Texas Sunset Advisory Commission, after receiving public testimony on its original report outlining changes to... Click Here To Read More

Virginia Governor Signs Bill to Expand Access to Dental Care

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

On March 13, Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D-VA) signed into law HB 1474, which amends the Virginia Code on the practice of dental hygiene and remote supervision. The new law makes the following changes:

FTC Comments on Ohio Bill Regarding Scope of Practice for Dental Hygienists and Licensure of Dental Therapists

State Policy, Alternative Workforce Models, Dental Hygiene Therapy, Dental Therapist, Federal Trade Commission | Permanent link

On March 3, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) submitted a ... Click Here To Read More

States and Local Governments Debate Community Water Fluoridation

Local Policy, State Policy, Water Fluoridation | Permanent link

Despite the fact that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention named community water fluoridation as one of the 10 greatest public health achievements of the 20th century, and that community water fluoridation is recommended by nearly all public health, medical and dental organizations, many state and local ... Click Here To Read More

Medicaid Expansion and Work Requirements—An Update

State Policy, Medicare and Medicaid, HHS, ACA | Permanent link

A total of 31 states and the District of Columbia have expanded their Medicaid programs under the Affordable Care Act since 2010. Below is a brief Medicaid expansion update for the following states: Kansas, Kentucky, Indiana, Tennessee and Virginia. ... Click Here To Read More

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