ADEA State Update

State Medicaid Expansion Update

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As the 2016 legislative session begins, states that have not expanded their Medicaid programs under the Affordable Care Act continue to debate the issue. Many states are weighing the costs and savings associated with expanding Medicaid to cover people under age 65 with... Click Here To Read More

Governors Give Their State of the State Addresses

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As state legislatures convene their legislative sessions, governors around the country either have already or are preparing to give their state of the state addresses to their respective legislatures and the public. The state of the state addresses give each governor a unique opportunity to bring attention to and garner support for policy... Click Here To Read More

State and Local Governments Debate Raising the Age to Purchase Tobacco

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States and local governments around the country are debating whether to raise the age to purchase tobacco to 21. Proponents argue that keeping tobacco products out of the hands of young people will reduce the number who become addicted. Less than one-third of smokers... Click Here To Read More

State Regulatory Update - February 2016

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  • Illinois

The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) anticipates proposing a rule, which may be published sometime in March. The proposed rule would add a new section to the Illinois Dental Practice Act to set forth the... Click Here To Read More

States Begin Their Regular Legislative Sessions

State Policy, Medicare and Medicaid, Education, CHIP, Higher Education, Opioid Abuse, Prescription Drug Abuse, Water Fluoridation | Permanent link

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