State Update

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.

Rhode Island Debates Public Health Dental Hygienists

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Reps. Joseph M. McNamara (D-RI) and K. Joseph Shekarchi (D-RI) have introduced H7984. The bill authorizes the practice of public health dental hygienists. According to the bill language, a public health dental hygienist may practice in a public health setting without the supervision or direction of a dentist.

State Policy Updates - May 2014

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H.B. 1061 was signed into law on March 24 by Gov. Mike Pence (R-IN). Under the new law, dental hygienists may practice under the prescriptive supervision of a licensed dentist in the following locations: dental offices, clinical settings, health facilities or other locations approved by the State Board of Dentistry.

Reports of Interest - May 2014

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The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) released a final recommendation statement on the prevention of dental caries in children from birth through five years of age. The USPSTF recommended the following: (1) that primary care clinicians prescribe oral fluoride supplementation starting at six months of age for children whose water supply is deficient in fluoride, and (2) that primary care clinicians apply fluoride varnish to the primary teeth of all infants and children starting at the age of primary tooth eruption.

ADEA United States Interactive Legislative Tracking Map

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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.