ADEA State Update

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

Alabama Governor Signs Bill Establishing Alabama Dental Service Program

State Policy, Financial Aid, Public Health | Permanent link

On May 3, Gov. Robert Bentley (R-AL), a physician, signed S.B. 203. The new law establishes the Dental Service Program. The program will be run by the Board... Click Here To Read More

Massachusetts Adopts Amendment to Establish Dental Hygiene Practitioner Role

State Policy, Education, Alternative Workforce Models, Dental Hygiene Therapy, New Provider Models | Permanent link

Senate Majority Leader Harriette L. Chandler, along with 21 co-sponsors, introduced an amendment during the FY17 budget discussion to establish the role of dental hygiene practitioner. The amendment (... Click Here To Read More

National Governors Association Issues Statement on Zika Virus Funding and Impact on States

State Policy, Funding, Federal Policy, Public Health | Permanent link

On May 9, the National Governors Association (NGA) issued a statement on behalf of the nation’s governors asking Congress and the Administration to work... Click Here To Read More

Community Water Fluoridation Update - 2016

State Policy, Water Fluoridation | Permanent link

Although a dozen states filed bills to regulate community water fluoridation, two state legislatures, Connecticut and Missouri, ultimately passed water fluoridation bills during the 2016 legislative session. Additionally, for the second consecutive fiscal year, New York... Click Here To Read More

Reports of Interest - June 2016

State Policy, Reports of Interest, Opioid Abuse, Prescription Drug Abuse | Permanent link

The New York Joint Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction issued its 2016 Report, making numerous recommendations for the 2016 legislative session and the FY17 budget.

Recommendations included the following (this... Click Here To Read More

CMS Issues Informational Bulletin on Oral Health

Medicare and Medicaid | Permanent link

On July 10, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released an informational bulletin providing an update on the CMS Oral Health Initiative and other oral health related items. 

As you may recall in April 2010, CMS... Click Here To Read More

North Dakota Legislature Holds Committee Meeting on Access to Dental Care

State Policy | Permanent link

On July 30, the North Dakota Health Services Interim Committee met to hear invited testimony and public comment regarding the committee’s study of how to improve access to dental services and ways to address dental service provider shortages.... Click Here To Read More

ADEA AGR Staff Invited to Attend the National Governors Association Summer Meeting

State Policy | Permanent link

ADEA AGR staff received a special invitation by the National Governors Association (NGA) to attend its 2014 Summer Conference in Nashville, Tennessee, from July 10-13. The NGA is the bipartisan organization of the nation’s governors. 

During the NGA’s 2014 Summer Meeting,... Click Here To Read More

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