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. Users can view the current
status of bills, including upcoming hearing dates, as well as current bill text
and bill author/sponsor information. Additionally, the interactive map features
a new dropdown menu, allowing even easier access to critical state legislation.
Map users can quickly monitor high-interest
topics, such as student loan repayment programs, higher education funding,
alternative workforce models, teledentistry, interprofessional education,
tobacco regulations, children’s dental benefits under CHIP/Medicaid and adult
dental benefits under Medicaid. By using the dropdown menu, users can view
relevant legislation in a list format or as an interactive infographic of a
U.S. map, with states that have pending legislation related to the selected
topic highlighted in blue. This feature provides users with an instant visual
landscape of what topics states and regions of the country are interested in,
especially hot-button issues.
The map is a helpful tool not only for those
in the dental education community, but also for state legislative directors,
Medicaid directors, dental directors, policy analysts and national
organizations with an interest in oral health care.