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Reports of Interest - December 2014

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The Council on Graduate Medical Education (COGME) released its 22nd report and made seven recommendations for changes to the current GME system. 

    Reports of Interest - September 2014

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    The National Network for Oral Health Access issued a paper presenting the results of a national survey of health centers that NNOHA conducted in June 2013 to obtain information about school-based oral health programs located in school-based health centers (SBHCs) and operated by health centers.

    National Governors Association Releases an Issue Brief on Prescription Drug Abuse

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    According to the National Governors Association (NGA), prescription drug abuse is the fastest growing drug problem in the United States and the second most common type of drug abuse (following marijuana use among 12- to 17-year-olds).

    Reports of Interest March 2014

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    The National Governors Association (NGA), Health Care Sustainability Task Force released a report providing several recommendations which the federal government can adopt to reduce barriers to innovation and further support state health care initiatives.  

    Reports of Interest February 2014

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    The National Governor’s Association released an issue brief titled The Role of Dental Hygienists in Providing Access to Oral Health Care. The brief examines the barriers to access of oral health care many low-income Americans face and how states are looking toward alternative provider models to address the issue. 

    Reports of Interest January 2014

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    The Institute for College Access & Success issued a report finding that seven in ten college seniors who graduated in 2012 had student loan debt, with an average of $29,400 for those with loans.

    Reports of Interest December 2013

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    The White House issued a United States map which identifies the states that have currently chosen not to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act and provides data on the number of Americans in those states that will be impacted.

    November 2013 Reports of Interest

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    The U.S. Government Accountability Office issued a report that describes: (1) trends in coverage for, and use of, dental services; (2) trends in payments by individuals and other payers for dental services; and (3) the extent to which dental fees vary between and within selected communities across the nation.

    October 2013 Reports of Interest

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    The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) released three oral health reports. Researchers commissioned by the RWJF examined 25 programs that addressed barriers to preventive oral health services with solutions in non-traditional, community and mobile settings.  

    September 2013 Reports of Interest

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    The Center for American Progress issued a report finding that some student loans should be dischargeable in bankruptcy. According to the report, the discharge of student-loan debt through a bankruptcy proceeding is extremely rare.