ADEA Institutional Capacity Building — March 2014

The ADEA Institutional Capacity Building portfolio continues to work with academic dental institutions and other health profession organizations in identifying evidence-based practices for implementing interprofessional education (IPE) for students and to drive innovation on campuses through its Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) Faculty Development Institutes.

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. 

President Obama’s FY15 Budget: The Essentials

President Obama’s FY15 budget would expand key programs that promote access to care, but it also sets priorities that will generate concern in the dental education community. Of particular note, the budget proposes the elimination of funding for two programs in which many ADEA member institutions participate: Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) and Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP). 

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.