State Update

ADEA/Sunstar Americas, Inc./Jack Bresch Student Legislative Internship - November 2014

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The ADEA/Sunstar Americas, Inc./Jack Bresch Student Legislative Internship is a six-week, stipend-supported internship in the Advocacy and Governmental Relations portfolio of the ADEA Policy Center (ADEA AGR) in Washington, D.C. This student legislative internship provides a unique learning experience for... Click Here To Read More

Governor of California Signs Teledentistry Bill into Law

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On September 27, Gov. Jerry Brown (D-CA) signed into law A.B. 1174. The new law adds teledentristy to a list of specialty health care services for which face-to-face contact is not required in order to claim... Click Here To Read More

U.S. Supreme Court Set to Hear North Carolina Teeth Whitening Case on October 14

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The U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled on October 14 to take up a case brought by the North Carolina Board of Dental Examiners against the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).

As you recall, on March 3, the U.S. Supreme Court ... Click Here To Read More

National Governors Association to Focus on Medicaid Transformation

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The National Governors Association (NGA) announced that Alabama, Nevada and Washington will participate in a year-long project to examine ways to spur changes in how states pay for Medicaid and other health care services.

Participating states will work with experts within... Click Here To Read More

Governor of Virginia Launches Healthy Virginia Plan

State Policy, Medicare and Medicaid, ACA | Permanent link

On September 8, Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D-VA) announced his 10-step plan to expand health care services to over 200,000 Virginians. Following the Virginia General Assembly’s failure, during legislative and special sessions, to pass legislation expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, Gov. McAuliffe is optimistic that this plan will... Click Here To Read More

Important Dates for the Health Insurance Marketplace

State Policy, ACA, Federal Policy | Permanent link

Generally, individuals and families may buy marketplace health insurance only during the annual open enrollment period. Following are key dates for the health insurance marketplace: 

  • November 15, 2014: 2015 open enrollment starts
  • December 31, 2014:
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Governor of California Signs Bill to Protect Patient Premiums

State Policy, Insurance | Permanent link

On September 25, Gov. Jerry Brown (D-CA) signed AB 1962 into law. AB 1962, authored by Assembly Member Nancy Skinner (D-CA), establishes standardized requirements for dental plans to disclose how they spend patient... Click Here To Read More

National Governors Association Announces Leadership for Education and Health Committees

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The National Governors Association (NGA) announced the new leadership of NGA’s five standing committees for the 2014–2015 year. NGA Chair Gov. John Hickenlooper (D-CO) and NGA Vice Chair Gov. Gary Herbert (R-UT) made the following appointments: 

Education and Workforce... Click Here To Read More

DEA Announces Tighter Restrictions on Hydrocodone Combination Products as States Continue Working to Reduce Prescription Drug Abuse

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On August 22, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) announced that hydrocodone combination products (HCPs), which include opioids such as Vicodin, Lorcet, Lortab and Norco, will be reclassified as Schedule II substances and subject to tighter restrictions. HCPs had previously... Click Here To Read More

State Policy Updates - October 2014

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  • California

    Legislation allowing California’s community colleges to offer four-year degrees where a demonstrated local workforce need can be shown was signed by Gov. Jerry Brown (D-CA) on September 28.
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