ADEA State Update

A Look Ahead to the 2016 State Legislative and Gubernatorial Races

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State Legislative Races As state legislatures across the country begin wrapping up their 2016 legislative sessions and adjourning sine die, many state legislators are preparing for legislative races this November. [1] According

National Governors Association Turns its Focus to Improving Oral Health

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On Oct. 29, the National Governors Association (NGA) released a report titled Health Investments that Pay Off Strategies to Improve Oral Health. The report analyzes prevention options that show evidence of improving oral health.  “All children are susceptible to oral

New Hampshire Releases Report on Access to Dental Care

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On Nov. 1, the Commission to Study Pathways to Oral Health Care in New Hampshire released its report with findings and recommendations for proposed legislation to leadership in the state legislature. 1 Findings outlined in the report include the following

Massachusetts Joint Committee Holds Hearing on Advanced Dental Hygiene Practitioner Bill

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On Sept. 29, the Massachusetts Joint Committee on Public Health heard testimony on two bills, S118 and a companion measure H249 , which would establish the advanced dental hygiene practitioner role in Massachusetts.

North Dakota, New Mexico Hold Meetings on Dental Services and Alternative Workforce Models

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North Dakota On August 18, the Joint Committee on Health Services met to continue its discussion of dental services in North Dakota. During the meeting, Legislative Council staff presented a memorandum relating to the committee’s study of dental services in

Massachusetts Governor Asks State’s Medical Schools to Help Combat the Opioid Epidemic

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In early September, Gov. Charlie Baker (R MA) met with the Massachusetts Medical Society and the deans of the four medical schools in the state to discuss opportunities for enhancing curriculum and establishing cross institutional best practices in pain management

Colorado Governor Weighs in on Water Fluoridation

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On July 29, Gov. John Hickenlooper (D CO) and Dr. Larry Wolk, executive director and chief medical officer at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, issued a joint statement in support of water fluoridation in the

Oregon Governor Signs Bill Requiring Dental Screenings for Students Seven and Younger

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On June 25, Gov. Kate Brown (D OR) signed H.B. 2972 into law. Under the new law, Oregon children who are starting public school and are seven years old or younger will be required to have dental screenings, or show

Kentucky Governor Announces Loan Forgiveness Program for Dentists

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On July 20, Gov. Steve Beshear (D KY) announced the creation of a new loan forgiveness program supported by $500,000 in state funds available to dental students who commit to practice in the region. The University of Kentucky College of

The National Governors Association Announces New Executive Committee Leadership

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During the 2015 Summer Meeting of the National Governors Association (NGA), the association announced the new members of the executive committee leadership. The new NGA Chair Gov. Gary Herbert (R UT) and Vice Chair Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D VA) will
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