State Update

Update on Health Insurance Marketplaces with Less Than 50 Days Left Before October 1

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With less than 50 days left until October 1–the date that open enrollment will begin in the health insurance marketplaces–states, the District of Columbia, and the federal government are all working at a feverish pace to get ready.

Initially, 17 states and the District of Columbia committed to operating a state-based marketplace;... Click Here To Read More

Oregon Proposes Administrative Fee for Stand-Alone Dental Plans in State’s Health Insurance Marketplace

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Cover Oregon is the name of Oregon’s new health insurance marketplace. Cover Oregon was established in accordance with the Affordable Care Act and will offer the state’s residents health insurance beginning October 1. On July 25, the Cover... Click Here To Read More

Minnesota Moves Ahead on 2015 Mandate for Dental Electronic Health Records

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During the 2007–08 Regular Legislative Session, the Minnesota Legislature passed, and the governor signed, H.F. 1078–an omnibus health and human services finance bill. Under the law, all hospitals and health care... Click Here To Read More

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit Rules California Illegally Halted Medicaid Coverage, Including Adult Dental Coverage, in 2009

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On July 5, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit struck down California’s 2009 Medicaid cuts, which were made to save the state money as it battled a budget... Click Here To Read More

Rural Assistance Center Develops a Rural Oral Health Toolkit

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The Rural Assistance Center (RAC) and the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) Walsh... Click Here To Read More

National Governors Association Forms a Health Policy Advisory Board

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On July 11, the National Governors Association (NGA) announced that it had formed a State Health Policy Advisory Board (board), in an ongoing effort to provide... Click Here To Read More

Appeals Court Rules New York City Overstepped by Limiting Soda Sizes

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On July 30, the New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division, First Department ruled that the New York City Board of Health overstepped its boundaries and authority when it instituted the Sugary Drinks Portion Cap... Click Here To Read More

August 2013 State Policy Updates

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  • Georgia

On July 29, Ralph T. Hudgens, the commissioner of insurance in Georgia, sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)... Click Here To Read More

State Spotlight: Illinois

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Illinois Statistics:

  •  Population in 2012: 12.8 million.
  • The state is naturally divided into three regions: the north (which includes the state’s largest city, Chicago), the central (flat prairie or steep hills), and the south (bordered by the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers). The largest county is Cook... Click Here To Read More

August 2013 Reports of Interest

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The Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors issued a summary report providing a synopsis of state dental public health programs using data and information from FY 2011–12. The report provides... Click Here To Read More