State Update

ADEA AGR Twitter Account - August 2014

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For additional information on issues affecting academic dentistry and dental and craniofacial research in Congress, federal agencies and state legislatures, please follow ADEA Advocacy and Government Relations on Twitter at ADEAAGR; there is much to “tweet” about.

More States Join the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement

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As you may recall, the January 2014 issue of the ADEA State Update featured an article on the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA). SARA is an agreement among member states, districts and territories that establishes comparable national standards for interstate offering of postsecondary distance education courses and programs.

ADEA State Advocacy Toolkit - July 2014

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

New York Moves Bill to Increase Number of Foreign-Trained Faculty at Dental Schools

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Assembly member Deborah J. Glick has sponsored A08660. The bill provides foreign-trained dental faculty the limited privilege of licensure, but only if they are employed full-time in an academic setting.

North Dakota Debates Alternative Workforce Models During Interim Session

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Although the North Dakota Legislative Assembly will not convene a regular legislative session during 2014, state legislators are meeting during the interim to discuss alternative workforce models.

National Governors Association to Focus on Health Care Workforce

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On May 12, the National Governors Association (NGA) announced the selection of seven states—Colorado, Indiana, Kentucky, Minnesota, North Carolina, Oklahoma and Wisconsin—to develop and implement statewide plans for their health care workforces.

Several States Hire New Dental Directors

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2014 has been an active year in oral health as several states have hired new dental directors. Additionally, California is finalizing funding and working through the administrative process of hiring a state dental director.

State Policy Updates - Illinois

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HB 5574, introduced by Rep. Laura Fine, amends the Illinois Dental Practice Act by adding a provision allowing dentists with the appropriate training to administer vaccinations to patients 10 years of age and older pursuant to a valid prescription or standing order of a physician.

ADEA State Advocacy Toolkit - June 2014

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

Governor of Maine Signs Dental Hygiene Therapy Bill Into Law

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On April 28, Gov. Paul LePage (R-ME) signed into law L.D. 1230, “An Act to Improve Access to Oral Health Care,” thereby creating the role of dental hygiene therapist in the State of Maine. The bill passed with bipartisan support. The new law authorizes dental hygiene therapists to perform both preventive and routine restorative dental care under the supervision of a licensed dentist in the State of Maine.