ADEA State Update

State Policy Updates — February 2015

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North Dakota: S.C.R. 4004 was pre-filed in December. The Senate concurrent resolution directs the Legislative Management to continue to study dental services in the state, including the effectiveness of case management services and the state infrastructure necessary to cost effectively use mid‑level providers to improve access to services and address dental service provider shortages in underserved areas of the state.

State Policy Updates - November 2014

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In 2012, S.J.R. 50 directed the Joint Commission on Health Care ( JCHC) to conduct a two-year study of the fiscal impact of untreated dental disease in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

State Policy Updates - July 2014

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On June 23, Gov. Pat Quinn (D-IL) approved H.B. 4593. The new law authorizes the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) to issue volunteer licenses to healthcare professionals such as physicians, dentists, physician assistants, nurses, advanced practice nurses and optometrists who meet all licensure qualifications and who wish to volunteer at a free medical clinic or in a public health clinic for no compensation.

ADEA AGR Twitter Account - June 2014

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State Policy Updates - April 2014

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Louisiana S.B. 659 was introduced on April 1 by Sens. Sherri Smith Buffington (R-LA) and Robert Adley (R-LA). The bill requires the Louisiana Student Financial Assistance Commission (LSFAC) to provide for and administer a scholarship program for medical and dental students who meet all of the following eligibility criteria: Are bona fide citizens and residents of the state of Louisiana; Desire to become doctors of medicine or dental surgery; and Are acceptable for enrollment at one of the medical or dental schools of Louisiana State University. New York A02597, called the DREAM Act, failed to pass the Senate on March 17. The bill would have allowed undocumented students in the state to be eligible for state student grant aid programs. The bill also included a provision to create a state-administered scholarship program for undocumented students.

State Policy Updates March 2014

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Idaho H.B. 395 passed the full House on February 11 by a vote of 62-6. The floor sponsor was Minority Leader, John Rusche, M.D. (D-ID). This legislation restores cuts to Medicaid made during the 2011 Legislative Session by H.B. 260. The services being restored relate to preventative dental services for adults with disabilities or special health needs. According to the fiscal note attached to the bill, there will be a $1,418,100 cost to the state General Fund which is included in the Medicaid budget request for FY15. The bill was sent to the Senate for further consideration, and on March 4, the bill passed the full Senate by a vote of 23-8. Pennsylvania On February 19, Gov. Tom Corbett submitted a 1115 waiver application to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to reform the state’s Medicaid program and to provide health care to more than 500,000 uninsured Pennsylvanians. With this formal submission, Pennsylvania is seeking federal approval to implement the Healthy Pennsylvania plan. Pennsylvania’s plan includes two critical parts: reforming the current Medicaid program and offering a private coverage option for uninsured Pennsylvanians. The proposed plan, anticipated to begin in January 2015, encourages personal responsibility, provides benefits that match individuals’ health care needs and promotes healthy behaviors according to the governor. Currently, one in six Pennsylvanians receive Medicaid benefits and the costs of the Medicaid program account for 27% of the commonwealth’s entire general fund budget. The waiver application delays until 2016 several controversial changes that would apply to all able bodied Medicaid recipients, such as monthly premium payments and work search requirements. Specifically, individuals with incomes greater than 100% of the federal poverty level will be required to pay a nominal payment toward a monthly premium. In addition, adults, between 21 and 64 years of age, who are able to work and working an average of less than 20 hours per week, will be asked to engage in job training and employment-related activities as part of an integrated approach to improving their health and helping them move out of poverty through employment.

State Policy Updates February 2014

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On January 13, Sen. Benny Shendo, Jr. (D-NM) pre-filed S.B. 76. The bill establishes and regulates the role of dental therapist-hygienist. According to the bill, a dental therapist-hygienist may provide dental therapy-hygiene services in private and public dental and medical offices, public and community medical facilities, federal Indian health service facilities, schools, hospitals and long-term care facilities and other settings as determined by joint committee rules. 

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