ADEA State Update

Medicaid and Affordable Care Act Update

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Idaho and the Battle Over the ACA Continues

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma sent an enforcement letter to the state of Idaho informing Governor Butch... Click Here To Read More

State Licensing Update

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Alaska is considering a bill (HB 268) that would allow the state Dental Board to apply sanctions, including suspension, denial and revocation, to any licensee failing to properly inform patients about opioids. Dentists would be required to orally provide the patient... Click Here To Read More

Update on Dental Therapy and Dental Hygiene

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In the last month, bills establishing and regulating the practice of dental therapy have been introduced and are awaiting committee action in Kansas, Massachusetts, Washington and Wisconsin.

Indiana is considering HB 1116, which would allow a dental hygienist to... Click Here To Read More

State Highlight: What is Happening in Minnesota

State Policy, Dental Health, Financial Aid, Oral Health | Permanent link

Minnesota is considering SF 3252, providing for county-based purchasing of health care, including dental check-ups, with the goal of improving access, health infrastructure and local... Click Here To Read More

Update on Telehealth

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Telehealth is continuing to become a branch of health care on the same regulatory footing as traditional in-person care. Recently, states have moved to insert telehealth into their health care regulations, Medicaid directives and licensing board guidelines. It is largely being framed in terms of “distance sites” (the location of... Click Here To Read More

States Are Taking Action On The Opioid Epidemic

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AB 2486 would require drug manufacturers contracting with the Medi-Cal program to provide a state rebate of $0.01 per milligram of active opioid ingredients prescribed under the contract. The collected... Click Here To Read More

Legislatures Address Dental Student and Faculty Loan Forgiveness Programs

State Policy, Education, Department of Education, Financial Aid, Graduate Students, Higher Education | Permanent link

As of this writing, several state legislatures are continuing to work to address the issue of educational debt for dental students and faculty. ADEA has compiled a list detailing state legislation that has been introduced to provide relief from the burden of... Click Here To Read More

States Introduce Legislation to Regulate Tobacco

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Thus far in 2017, at least 24 states have introduced bills to raise the age to legally purchase tobacco from 18 to 21 years. Although currently only Hawaii and California have enacted this change in age law, the volume of proposed legislation serves as a clear indicator... Click Here To Read More

Texas Governor Signs Anti-Sanctuary Cities/Campus Bill

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On May 7, Gov. Greg Abbott (R-TX) signed into law SB 4. The new law bans sanctuary cities and threatens non-compliant law enforcement officers, including those in campus police departments, with fines, jail time and removal from office. 

The... Click Here To Read More

Georgia and Hawaii Pass Bills Expanding Access to Dental Care

State Policy, Alternative Workforce Models, Community Dental Health Coordinator, Dental Health, Dental Hygiene Therapy, Dental Therapist | Permanent link


On May 8, HB 154 was signed by Gov. Nathan Deal (R-GA). The new law allows licensed dental hygienists to perform preventative functions under the... Click Here To Read More

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