ADEA State Update

States Begin Their Regular Legislative Sessions

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January 2016 marks the start of a new regular legislative session for many states across the country. Thirty-six states and the District of Columbia are expected to convene their legislative sessions in January. Only four states will have no session in 2016: Montana,... Click Here To Read More

Massachusetts Advances a Dental Hygiene Practitioner Bill

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On Dec. 14, the Massachusetts Joint Committee on Public Health sponsored S. 2076. The bill is a new draft of H. 249 and ... Click Here To Read More

North Dakota Meets on Access to Dental Care Issues During Interim Session

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On Jan. 7, the Joint Committee on Health Services met to continue the discussion regarding access to dental care in North Dakota. 

The 2013–14 Joint Committee... Click Here To Read More

Governors in Kentucky and Louisiana Begin Evaluating Medicaid Expansion

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Kentucky

On Dec. 8, Matt Bevin was inaugurated as Governor of Kentucky. Gov. Bevin (R-KY) won the election on Nov. 3, with 52.5% of the vote. 

On Dec. 30, Gov. Bevin announced plans to develop a transformative Medicaid... Click Here To Read More

Dental Therapist Hired by Native American Tribe in Washington

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On Jan. 4 the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community in Washington State announced that it began offering its members the services of a dental therapist, making the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community the... Click Here To Read More

Massachusetts Continues to Tackle Prescription Drug Abuse

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Three bills related to regulating prescription drug abuse have been moving through the legislative process recently. The bills are primed to be heard on the floor when the 2016 session begins. Below is a brief chart comparing certain provisions of the three bills (the Joint Committee on Mental Health and... Click Here To Read More

NCSL to Host Webinar on North Carolina Board of Dental Examiners v. FTC

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On Jan. 21, the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) will host a webinar titled, “Active Supervision After NC Dental.” This free webinar will begin at 1 PM EST. Speakers include: Geoffrey Green, Assistant... Click Here To Read More

Missouri Governor Announces Funding for Medicaid Adult Dental Benefits

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On Jan. 5, Gov. Jay Nixon (D-MO) announced that the Missouri Department of Revenue will collect an estimated $35 million from delinquent taxpayers this year under ... Click Here To Read More

State Regulatory Update - January 2016

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In response to a petition for rulemaking, the Virginia Board of Dentistry proposes to amend the Virginia Administrative Code to recognize dental, dental hygiene, and dental assisting programs accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada (... Click Here To Read More

Reports of Interest - January 2016

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  • The National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) released a report analyzing how dental services are structured differently from other benefits offered through health insurance marketplaces.
  • The Medicaid and State Children’s Health... Click Here To Read More