ADEA State Update

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

Florida Governor Vetoes Dental Care Bill and Approves Medicaid Dental Services Study Bill

State Policy, Medicare and Medicaid, Funding, Dental Health, Public Health | Permanent link

Dental Care Bill

On April 14, Gov. Rick Scott (R-FL) vetoed HB 139. (To view the... Click Here To Read More

Nebraska Governor Vetoes Bill Allowing Immigrants Access to Dental and Dental Hygiene Licenses

State Policy, Licensure | Permanent link

On April 15, Gov. Pete Ricketts (R-NE) vetoed LB 947. (To view the governor’s veto message click ... Click Here To Read More

States Debate Cuts to Medicaid Dental Provider Reimbursements

State Policy, Insurance, Medicare and Medicaid, Funding, Dental Health, Public Health, Reimbursement | Permanent link


On April 12, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy (D-CT) included a 10% cut in the reimbursement for children’s dental services provided under the state’s medical assistance program, the HUSKY... Click Here To Read More

Maine Senate Sustains Governor’s Veto of Dental Therapy Bill

State Policy, Education, Dental Therapist, Higher Education | Permanent link

LD 1514, sponsored by Rep. Heather Sirocki, a dental hygienist, was vetoed by the... Click Here To Read More

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