State Update

HRSA Announces Funding Opportunity for States to Support Oral Health Workforce Activities

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The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has announced a funding opportunity for state governments and state-run dental schools. The purpose of the Click Here To Read More

Missouri Files Bill Requiring Cultural Competency Training for All Health Care Professionals

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Rep. Kimberly Gardner (D-MO), who holds an M.S. in nursing, has filed H.B. 155, the Health Care Professionals Cultural Competency Act, which would require every licensing board in the state, including the Missouri dental board, to require... Click Here To Read More

Maine Board of Dental Examiners to Hold Public Hearing on Dental Hygiene Therapy Program Rules

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The Maine Board of Dental Examiners will be holding a hearing on February 13 to hear public comment on a proposed rule to establish the minimum requirements for dental hygiene therapy programs approved by... Click Here To Read More

2015 State of Indian Nations Address Encourages States to Replicate Alaska’s Dental Health Aide Therapist Model

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On January 22, Brian Cladoosby, President of the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) delivered his 2015 State of Indian Nations Address to tribal leaders, members of Congress, members of the Administration, and others. In his remarks he provided examples of tribes on the forefront... Click Here To Read More

Indiana Governor Gains Federal Approval for Alternative Medicaid Expansion Plan

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On January 27, Governor Mike Pence (R-IN) announced that the federal government had approved the state’s updated Healthy Indiana Plan, known as HIP 2.0. The state... Click Here To Read More

Tennessee Governor’s Plan to Expand Medicaid in a Special Session Fails

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On December 15, Gov. Bill Haslam (R-TN) unveiled his Insure Tennessee plan, a two-year pilot program which would expand the state’s Medicaid program to more than 250,000 Tennesseans. The Insure Tennessee plan was an alternative to... Click Here To Read More

National Governors Association Outlines Healthcare Priorities and Includes Oral Health in State of the State Address

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On January 6, National Governors Association (NGA) Chair Gov. John Hickenlooper (D-CO) and Vice Chair Gov. Gary Herbert (R-UT) delivered the association’s third annual State of the States address. Gov. Hickenlooper touched on several areas that NGA and its members would be focusing on in the... Click Here To Read More

Community Water Fluoridation Update

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Community water fluoridation continues to be debated around the country both at the state level as well as in local governments. To date, bills have been filed in state legislatures to regulate community water fluoridation in the following states: Connecticut, Georgia, Hawaii, Minnesota, Missouri, and New Jersey. Below are two examples of... Click Here To Read More

New York and Michigan Pass Bills Regulating E-cigarettes

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During the end of the 2014 session, two state legislatures passed bills regulating e-cigarettes.

New York

On December 29, Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) signed A.09299 into law. The new law prohibits the sale of liquid nicotine to minors under the... Click Here To Read More

HHS Awards $36.3 Million to Reward and Expand Quality Improvement in Health Centers

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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently announced that it is awarding $36.3 million in Affordable Care Act funding to 1,113 health centers throughout all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and seven U.S. Territories to recognize health center quality improvement achievements and invest in ongoing quality improvement... Click Here To Read More