State Update

ADEA United States Interactive Legislative Tracking Map - November 2014

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Introduced in 2013, the ADEA United States Interactive Legislative Tracking Map provides access to the most up-to-date information on state legislation of interest to academic dentistry.

Governor of California Signs Teledentistry Bill into Law

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On September 27, Gov. Jerry Brown (D-CA) signed into law A.B. 1174. The new law adds teledentristy to a list of specialty health care services for which face-to-face contact is not required in order to claim reimbursement from Medi-Cal, the state’s Medicaid program. The legislation will take effect on January 1.

National Governors Association to Focus on Medicaid Transformation

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The National Governors Association (NGA) announced that Alabama, Nevada and Washington will participate in a year-long project to examine ways to spur changes in how states pay for Medicaid and other health care services.

National Governors Association Announces Leadership for Education and Health Committees

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The National Governors Association (NGA) announced the new leadership of NGA’s five standing committees for the 2014–2015 year.

DEA Announces Tighter Restrictions on Hydrocodone Combination Products as States Continue Working to Reduce Prescription Drug Abuse

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On August 22, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) announced that hydrocodone combination products (HCPs), which include opioids such as Vicodin, Lorcet, Lortab and Norco, will be reclassified as Schedule II substances and subject to tighter restrictions.

ADEA State Advocacy Toolkit - October 2014

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ADEA has developed a State Advocacy Toolkit, enabling ADEA members to more effectively advocate for dental education and dental and craniofacial research.

ADEA United States Interactive Legislative Tracking Map - October 2014

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Introduced in 2013, the ADEA United States Interactive Legislative Tracking Map provides access to the most up-to-date information on state legislation of interest to academic dentistry.

California Plans to Offer Expanded Dental Services for Children and New Coverage for Adults

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On August 20, Covered California (the state’s health insurance marketplace for the Affordable Care Act) announced that it is offering new family dental plans to consumers who enroll in health insurance coverage in 2015.

Vermont Moves Toward Single-Payer System but Debates Adult Dental Coverage

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As you may recall, on May 26, 2011, Gov. Peter Shumlin (D-VT) signed into law H. 202 (now called Act 48). Act 48 created the Green Mountain Care Board to guide transitions in Vermont’s health system.

Kentucky Launches New Portable Dental Units

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The state Department for Public Health has given five local health departments grants to operate portable dental units. The concept to create these grants for portable dental units was born out of the governor’s budget.