ADEA State Update

Massachusetts Senate Majority Leader Sponsors Bill Regarding Using Live Patients for Dental Licensing Exams

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Majority Leader, Sen. Harriette L. Chandler (D MA) has sponsored S. 1122. The bill provides that dental licensing exams must not require the performance of any irreversible procedure on a live patient. The companion bill H. 263, is sponsored by

States Enact Interstate Medical Licensure Compact and Trigger Commission

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On May 19, Alabama and Minnesota became the 7th and 8th states to enact model legislation triggering the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact and the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact Commission. 1 The model legislation, finalized last year and designed in part

Many State Legislatures Enter Special Session, Others Adjourn for the Year

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Most state legislatures operate on a part time schedule and many have adjourned for the year. However, some states remain deadlocked in fights over Medicaid expansion or the state budget, resulting in special sessions beyond the normal schedule. Alaska’s legislature

State Legislatures Turn Attention to Telehealth

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As states face health care services shortages, state legislature are turning to telehealth to help alleviate the problem. The most common telehealth policies that arise include establishing the definition and scope of telehealth practice allowed in the state and providing

Alternative Workforce Models Update

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As states continue to face access to dental care issues, many turn to alternative workforce models, such as dental therapy and expanding the scope of practice, in an effort to provide more access to care.

Minnesota Bill Would Establish Smile Healthy Minnesota 2016 Program to Expand Access to Dental Care

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Minnesota seeks to establish the Smile Healthy Minnesota 2016 grant program through companion bills SF 866 and HB 972.

Iowa Passes Law Allowing Retired Dental Professionals to Provide Volunteer Dental Services

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The Iowa legislature passed HF 202 establishing a retired volunteer license for retired dental professionals. Governor Terry Branstad signed the bill into law on March 31, 2015.

Virginia Files Resolution to Study Older Virginians' Access to Dental Care

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Sen. Barbara A. Favola (D-VA) has filed S.J.R. 240. The resolution directs the Joint Commission on Health Care (JCHC) to study older Virginians’ access to dental care.

Missouri Files Bill Requiring Cultural Competency Training for All Health Care Professionals

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Rep. Kimberly Gardner (D-MO), who holds an M.S. in nursing, has filed H.B. 155, the Health Care Professionals Cultural Competency Act, which would require every licensing board in the state, including the Missouri dental board, to require completion of cultural competency training prior to re-licensure.

2015 State of Indian Nations Address Encourages States to Replicate Alaska’s Dental Health Aide Therapist Model

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On January 22, Brian Cladoosby, President of the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) delivered his 2015 State of Indian Nations Address to tribal leaders, members of Congress, members of the Administration, and others.