ADEA Access, Diversity and Inclusion — April 2014

The first in a series of celebrations, the Summer Medical and Dental Education Program (SMDEP) kicked off its 25th Anniversary tour event at the 2014 American Dental Education Association (ADEA) Annual Session & Exhibition in San Antonio, TX.

ADEA Advocacy and Government Relations — April 2014

More than 50 members from the nation’s academic dental and research community attended the American Dental Education Association (ADEA)/American Association for Dental Research (AADR) Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill on April 8.

Spring 2014: eLearning

Last October, those of us who gathered in Oklahoma City for the 2013 ADEA Fall Meetings had a rare opportunity to spend three days exploring ways of integrating technology in teaching and learning. In this issue of the ADEA CCI Liaison Ledger, we share some of the discussion that occurred at that event and showcase two exemplary projects that illustrate how educators can harness eLearning technologies.

Affordable Care Act: Implementation Update

As the deadline to sign up for health insurance coverage through the new federal and state marketplaces neared on March 31, a surge in enrollments carried the number of purchasers over the 6 million mark—inching closer to the Obama Administration’s initial target of 7 million. 

California Adopts Rule to Embed Pediatric Dental Benefits in Health Plans in 2015

In a meeting held January 23, the California Health Benefit Exchange Board voted unanimously to offer embedded pediatric dental benefits beginning in 2015. Covered California staff told the board members that during the first three months of open enrollment, slightly more than 500,000 people enrolled in Covered California. 

States Move Ahead with Medicaid Expansion

State legislatures across the country are continuing to debate Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Below is a brief summary of policy updates in Arkansas, New Hampshire, Utah and Virginia. 

Arkansas: With Gov. Mike Beebe’s (D-AR) approval of S.B. 111, Arkansas ensures that the private option will remain and more than 100,000 residents of Arkansas will be able to have health care, at least for another year.