ADEA State Update

Legislatures Address Dental Student and Faculty Loan Forgiveness Programs

State Policy, Education, Department of Education, Financial Aid, Graduate Students, Higher Education | Permanent link

As of this writing, several state legislatures are continuing to work to address the issue of educational debt for dental students and faculty. ADEA has compiled a list detailing state legislation that has been introduced to provide relief from the burden of... Click Here To Read More

States Introduce Legislation to Regulate Tobacco

State Policy, Tobacco | Permanent link

Thus far in 2017, at least 24 states have introduced bills to raise the age to legally purchase tobacco from 18 to 21 years. Although currently only Hawaii and California have enacted this change in age law, the volume of proposed legislation serves as a clear indicator... Click Here To Read More

Texas Governor Signs Anti-Sanctuary Cities/Campus Bill

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

On May 7, Gov. Greg Abbott (R-TX) signed into law SB 4. The new law bans sanctuary cities and threatens non-compliant law enforcement officers, including those in campus police departments, with fines, jail time and removal from office. 

The... Click Here To Read More

Georgia and Hawaii Pass Bills Expanding Access to Dental Care

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


On May 8, HB 154 was signed by Gov. Nathan Deal (R-GA). The new law allows licensed dental hygienists to perform preventative functions under the... Click Here To Read More

Washington Governor Signs Bill Changing Licensure Requirements for Dentists

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

On April 21, Gov. Jay Inslee (D-WA) signed HB 1411 into law. The new law changes requirements for dental residencies, which may be completed in lieu... Click Here To Read More

Nebraska Governor Signs Bill Changing Licensure and Scope of Practice for Dental Assistants and Dental Hygienists

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

LB 18, sponsored by Sen. Mark Kolterman (R-NE), was signed into law on March 29 by Gov. Pete Ricketts (R-NE). The new law establishes three new types of licensure: licensed... Click Here To Read More

Puerto Rico Gets an Infusion of Federal Money to Help Save Medicaid

State Policy, Medicare and Medicaid, ACA, Funding, Medicare and Medicaid Services | Permanent link

Puerto Rico, as a result of a debt crisis and the way that the federal government funds Puerto Rico’s Medicaid program, was on-track to run out of Medicaid funding by the end of this year unless Congress acted. On May 5, President Trump signed into law the fiscal year... Click Here To Read More

Reports of Interest - May 2017

Medicare and Medicaid, ACA, CHIP, Medicare and Medicaid Services | Permanent link

The Kaiser Family Foundation has released an issue brief detailing Medicaid’s role for 52 million children and adults living in... Click Here To Read More

Vermont Governor Signs Dental Therapy Bill

State Policy, Education, Alternative Workforce Models, Dental Therapist, Licensure, New Provider Models | Permanent link

On June 2, Gov. Peter Shumlin (D-VT) signed into law S. 20, establishing and regulating a new oral health practitioner category in the State of Vermont, a dental therapist. Below is an... Click Here To Read More

Tennessee Governor Signs Bill Establishing a Scope of Practice Task Force

State Policy, Public Health | Permanent link

Gov. Bill Haslam (R-TN) signed S.B. 1979 on April 28, and the law took effect immediately. The new law creates a scope of practice task force to make recommendations to the Tennessee General Assembly on improving the health of Tennessee residents by providing access to... Click Here To Read More

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