ADEA State Update

Lawsuits Duel Over the Affordable Care Act

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A potential showdown in federal appellate court could be on the horizon, as dueling lawsuits seeking to overturn or affirm the Affordable Care Act (ACA) work their way through the federal court systems in Texas and Maryland.

In early September, oral arguments began in a lawsuit brought by 20 Republican state attorneys... Click Here To Read More

Midterm Elections: Governors and State Legislatures

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As the few states that remain in legislative session wrap up their work for the year, many elected officials in state governments are turning their attention to upcoming midterm elections. This year, 36 states will hold elections for governor, and roughly 80% of state legislative seats across the country face a vote. It is not unusual for... Click Here To Read More

Trends in State Opioid Legislation

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In 2018, state legislatures continued to pass a significant amount of legislation in response to the opioid crisis. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, 45 states considered more than 480 bills aimed... Click Here To Read More

New York Student Loans

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On Sept. 20, 2018, New York Attorney General Barbara D. Underwood sued nine student loan debt relief companies and two executives for allegedly using deceptive practices to convince thousands of student loan... Click Here To Read More

Rising Costs in Iowa Medicaid?

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When former Governor Terry Branstad privatized the management of Medicaid in Iowa in 2015, he promised the state would save tens of millions of dollars. A recent report from the state’s non-partisan Legislative Services Agency has shown that the promised savings may... Click Here To Read More

Paying for Medicaid Expansion

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Why would tobacco companies spend more than $9 million opposing a referendum in Montana that could... Click Here To Read More

California Wraps Up its Legislative Session

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The California legislature ended its annual session on Aug. 31 and sent several significant pieces of legislation to the desk of Gov. Jerry Brown. Some of the most significant legislation for dental education and the dental industry signed by Gov. Brown include:

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Update on Medicaid Work Requirements

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On Aug. 14, advocacy groups filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) challenging the approval of work requirements included under Arkansas’... Click Here To Read More

Medicaid Expansion on the Ballot in Idaho, Nebraska, Utah, and Montana

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Thirty-three states and Washington, DC, have expanded access to Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. In most states, expansion took place through legislative action, but after November, three states may expand access through the polls. ... Click Here To Read More

Opioid Prescribing Limitations

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In July, Missouri Governor Mike Parson signed legislation that would prohibit prescribers from prescribing more than a seven-day supply of opioids for the treatment of acute pain. The legislation creates exceptions to the limitation for specified conditions and also allows a practitioner to prescribe more than a seven-day supply if it is... Click Here To Read More

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