ADEA State Update

Four-year Dental Hygiene Bill Passes Texas Legislature, Goes to Governor

State Policy, Education | Permanent link

On May 30, H.B. 3348 was sent to Gov. Greg Abbott (R-TX) for review. The bill requires the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) to establish a pilot project to examine the feasibility and effectiveness... Click Here To Read More

U.S. Supreme Court Stops Maine from Cutting Young Adults off Medicaid

State Policy, Medicare and Medicaid, ACA | Permanent link

On June 8, the U.S. Supreme Court denied a petition for writ of certiorari submitted by Maine health officials in Mayhew v. Burwell. The case posed the question of whether Congress violated the Constitution by requiring states to continue to... Click Here To Read More

Louisiana Legislature Approves Resolution to Finance Potential Medicaid Expansion

State Policy, Medicare and Medicaid | Permanent link

On June 1, by a vote of 31–8, the Louisiana Senate approved HCR75, sponsored by the Speaker of the House, Rep. Charles E. Kleckley (R). Under the resolution, if the state expands Medicaid by April 2016, the Department of Health and Hospitals (... Click Here To Read More

Florida Legislature Begins Special Session but Medicaid Expansion Bill Fails

State Policy, Medicare and Medicaid | Permanent link

June 1 was the first day of a 20-day special legislative session in Florida to focus on issues such as Medicaid expansion, appropriations, transportation and taxes.

On the first day of the special session, the Florida... Click Here To Read More

Missouri Governor Signs Bill to Restore Medicaid Adult Dental Benefits and Authorize a Provider Rate Increase

State Policy, Medicare and Medicaid | Permanent link

On May 8, Gov. Jay Nixon (D-MO) signed H.B. 11 into law (see PDF pages 31-32). The budget appropriates funds to restore limited dental benefits for adults in the state’s Medicaid program. Adult dental procedure codes tier 1-6 will be funded, however, what... Click Here To Read More

Massachusetts Senate Majority Leader Sponsors Bill Regarding Using Live Patients for Dental Licensing Exams

State Policy | Permanent link

Majority Leader, Sen. Harriette L. Chandler (D-MA) has sponsored S. 1122. The bill provides that dental licensing exams must not require the performance of any irreversible procedure on a live patient. The companion bill ... Click Here To Read More

Texas Legislature Passes Bond Bill to Fund Dental Clinic

State Policy, Education, Funding | Permanent link

On June 1, H.B. 100 was sent to Gov. Greg Abbott (R-TX) for review. The bill would authorize the issuance of $3.1 billion in tuition revenue bonds for institutions of higher education to finance construction and renovation of infrastructure and... Click Here To Read More

Indiana Governor Signs Graduate Medical Education Bill

State Policy, Education, Funding | Permanent link

On May 5, Gov. Mike Pence (R-IN) signed H.B. 1323 into law. The new law establishes the medical residency education fund for the purpose of expanding medical education in Indiana by funding new residency program slots at licensed hospitals. In addition, the... Click Here To Read More

More States Join the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement - June 2015

State Policy, Education | Permanent link

New Mexico and Wyoming have been approved by the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) to become members of the WICHE State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (W-SARA). Also, Vermont has been approved by the New England Board of Higher... Click Here To Read More

States Enact Interstate Medical Licensure Compact and Trigger Commission

State Policy | Permanent link

On May 19, Alabama and Minnesota became the 7th and 8th states to enact model legislation triggering the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact and the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact Commission.[1] The model... Click Here To Read More