ADEA State Update

Medicaid Expansion Update

State Policy, Medicare and Medicaid, ACA, Medicaid Expansion | Permanent link

Alaska

After the state legislature refused to vote on Medicaid expansion last year, Gov. Bill Walker (I-AK) expanded Medicaid to thousands of Alaskans, effective Sept. 1. Subsequently, the Legislative Council, a committee controlled by legislative leaders, failed to obtain an injunction to stop the expansion... Click Here To Read More

California Votes to Raise the Smoking Age to 21

State Policy, Tobacco | Permanent link

SBX2 7 proposes changes to the current Stop Tobacco Access to Kids Enforcement (STAKE) Act. The STAKE Act establishes various requirements for distributors and retailers relating to tobacco sales to minors. Current law prohibits... Click Here To Read More

State Regulatory Update - April 2016

State Policy Updates, Dental Health | Permanent link
  • Arizona

The final draft for amended rules to the Arizona State Loan Repayment Program are anticipated to be implemented on April 1. The rules specifically impact the Primary

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Reports of Interest - April 2016

ACA, Reports of Interest, Medicaid Expansion | Permanent link
  • The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation released an issue brief evaluating the impact of Medicaid expansion on 11 states (Arkansas, California, Colorado, Kentucky, Michigan, New Mexico, Oregon, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Washington... Click Here To Read More

Massachusetts Dental Deans Collaborate on Core Competencies to Address Prescription Drug Abuse

State Policy, Education, Opioid Abuse, Prescription Drug Abuse | Permanent link

On Feb. 11, Gov. Charlie Baker (R-MA) and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito (R-MA) announced a set of dental education core competencies that will help prevent and manage prescription drug misuse.  ... Click Here To Read More

Bill Filed to Alter Maine Dental Hygiene Therapist Accreditation and Supervision Requirements

State Policy, Education, Dental Health, Dental Hygiene Therapy, Dental Therapist | Permanent link

Rep. Heather Sirocki, a dental hygienist, has sponsored L.D. 1514 along with six cosponsors. The proposed measure would change some of the training, supervision and accreditation requirements for dental hygiene therapists.  ... Click Here To Read More

Legislation Introduced to Establish Loan Repayment Program for Dentists in Pennsylvania

State Policy, Financial Aid | Permanent link

Rep. William C. Kortz II (D-PA), along with sixteen cosponsors, has introduced H.B. 1815. The bill would establish the Loan Forgiveness for Dentists Program in the Pennsylvania Higher... Click Here To Read More

Michigan Governor’s Budget Proposes Expanding Children’s Dental Program

State Policy, Insurance, CHIP, Dental Health | Permanent link

On Feb. 10, Gov. Rick Snyder (R-MI) announced his FY17 budget proposal, which included $25.6 million to expand the Healthy Kids Dental program. This expansion would cover all... Click Here To Read More

Several States Hire New Dental Directors for 2015 and 2016

Dental Health, Oral Health, Public Health | Permanent link

Over the last 10 months, several states have hired new dental directors to propel state oral health initiatives forward. Below is brief information on a few of the new state dental directors and their oral health priorities for 2016.

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Task Force Proposed to Study Access to Dental Care in Maryland

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

On Feb. 25, S.B. 550 was heard in the Senate Finance Committee, however no action was taken on the bill. The proposed measure establishes a task force to study access to dental care in Maryland. Under the current bill text, along with selected members of the Senate of... Click Here To Read More

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