ADEA State Update

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

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

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