ADEA State Update

Spotlight on the States: Dental Therapy Bills Gain Traction From Coast-to-Coast

State Policy, Education, Alternative Workforce Models, Dental Hygiene Therapy, Dental Therapist, Licensure | Permanent link


SB 1377, a bill establishing the role of licensed dental therapist, has passed the full Senate and has been sent to the House for further consideration. ... Click Here To Read More

Governors Release FY19 Budget Proposals

State Policy, Funding, Opioid Abuse, Prescription Drug Abuse | Permanent link

Most governors’ budget proposals for FY19 have called for another year of slow spending growth, with a few governors proposing declines in general fund spending. 

As has been the case most years since the last recession, many governors are targeting the largest amount of new spending to elementary and secondary education.... Click Here To Read More

Legislatures Discuss Creating a State Individual Mandate

State Policy, Insurance, Medicare and Medicaid, ACA | Permanent link

Although the individual mandate within the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was repealed as part of the tax reform bill recently signed into law by President Trump, at least nine states are taking the issue into their own hands. State lawmakers in California, Connecticut,... Click Here To Read More

States Refocus Their Attention on College Campus Gun Laws and Keeping Students Safe

State Policy, Department of Justice | Permanent link

On Feb. 22, Gov. Dan Malloy (D-CT) announced the formation of the new “States for Gun Safety” coalition to combat gun violence. 

Governors from New York, New Jersey and Rhode Island joined the coalition initially, and on Feb. 26, the coalition expanded to include Massachusetts, Delaware and Puerto Rico. ... Click Here To Read More

Bankruptcy Standards for Student Loans May Get a Fresh Look

Department of Education, Financial Aid, Higher Education | Permanent link

On Feb. 21, the U.S. Department of Education issued a request for... Click Here To Read More

Maine Senate Sustains Governor’s Veto of Dental Therapy Bill

State Policy, Education, Dental Therapist, Higher Education | Permanent link

LD 1514, sponsored by Rep. Heather Sirocki, a dental hygienist, was vetoed by the... Click Here To Read More

Four-year Dental Hygiene Bill Passes Texas Legislature, Goes to Governor

State Policy, Education | Permanent link

On May 30, H.B. 3348 was sent to Gov. Greg Abbott (R-TX) for review. The bill requires the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) to establish a pilot project to examine the feasibility and effectiveness... Click Here To Read More

U.S. Supreme Court Stops Maine from Cutting Young Adults off Medicaid

State Policy, Medicare and Medicaid, ACA | Permanent link

On June 8, the U.S. Supreme Court denied a petition for writ of certiorari submitted by Maine health officials in Mayhew v. Burwell. The case posed the question of whether Congress violated the Constitution by requiring states to continue to... Click Here To Read More

Louisiana Legislature Approves Resolution to Finance Potential Medicaid Expansion

State Policy, Medicare and Medicaid | Permanent link

On June 1, by a vote of 31–8, the Louisiana Senate approved HCR75, sponsored by the Speaker of the House, Rep. Charles E. Kleckley (R). Under the resolution, if the state expands Medicaid by April 2016, the Department of Health and Hospitals (... Click Here To Read More

Florida Legislature Begins Special Session but Medicaid Expansion Bill Fails

State Policy, Medicare and Medicaid | Permanent link

June 1 was the first day of a 20-day special legislative session in Florida to focus on issues such as Medicaid expansion, appropriations, transportation and taxes.

On the first day of the special session, the Florida... Click Here To Read More

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