ADEA State Update

Alabama Supreme Court Upholds Law Restricting Non-Dentists from Offering Tooth Whitening

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Keith Westphal and Joyce Osborn Wilson, neither of whom had licenses to practice dentistry, brought suit against the Alabama Board of Dental Examiners (Board) challenging an Alabama statute requiring individuals to have a license to practice dentistry in order to provide tooth-whitening services to the public on the ground that it denied... Click Here To Read More

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit Rules on Tooth Whitening by Non-Dentists

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On July 17, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled in Sensational Smiles, LLC, d/b/a Smile Bright et al v. Dr. Jewel Mullen, Commissioner of Public Health and Members of the Connecticut State Dental Commission (case). The court found that the... Click Here To Read More

Hawaii Becomes the First State to Raise the Smoking Age to 21

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Gov. David Ige (D-HI) signed into law S.B. 1030 on June 19. The new law raises the age at which people can legally purchase, smoke or possess cigarettes... Click Here To Read More

Ten States Selected by the National Governors Association to Participate in a Health Policy Academy

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In June, the National Governors Association (NGA) announced that 10 states... Click Here To Read More

State Policy Update - August 2015

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  • California

    On June 24, Governor Jerry Brown (D-CA) signed the 2015–16 state budget allocating $40 million in state funding to provide health insurance to all low-income undocumented children under Medi-Cal, the state’s health

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State Regulatory Update - August 2015

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  • Maine
    The Maine Board of Dental Examiners is now accepting comments on a proposed rule to remove language for a pilot program which allowed Independent Practice Dental Hygienists to process radiographs. The pilot program... Click Here To Read More

Reports of Interest - August 2015

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  • The National Academy for State Health Policy has issued a brief analyzing adult dental benefits under Medicaid in seven states (California, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Massachusetts, Virginia and... Click Here To Read More

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

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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

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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

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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