ADEA State Update

Alabama Supreme Court Upholds Law Restricting Non-Dentists from Offering Tooth Whitening

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Keith Westphal and Joyce Osborn Wilson, neither of whom had licenses to practice dentistry, brought suit against the Alabama Board of Dental Examiners (Board) challenging an Alabama statute requiring individuals to have a license to practice dentistry in order to

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit Rules on Tooth Whitening by Non-Dentists

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On July 17, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled in Sensational Smiles, LLC, d b a Smile Bright et al v. Dr. Jewel Mullen, Commissioner of Public Health and Members of the Connecticut State Dental Commission

Hawaii Becomes the First State to Raise the Smoking Age to 21

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Gov. David Ige (D HI) signed into law S.B. 1030 on June 19. The new law raises the age at which people can legally purchase, smoke or possess cigarettes and electronic cigarettes in Hawaii. Although local governments such as New

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.