ADEA State Update

Spotlight on Kentucky

Medicare and Medicaid, Dental Health, Public Health | Permanent link

What is a Dental Care Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA)? The HPSA designation identifies areas and population groups within the United States that are experiencing a shortage of health professionals. Kentucky has approximately 116 dental care HPSAs,[1] but the lack of dental care is most prevalent in Appalachia.... Click Here To Read More

Utah and the 1115 Waiver

Insurance, Medicare and Medicaid, Medicaid Expansion | Permanent link

Despite the similarities between the Kentucky 1115 Waiver and the Utah 1115 Waiver, state officials in Utah expect the Utah expansion plan, sponsored earlier this year, to be approved and implemented.

The distinction between Kentucky and Utah is that Utah relies on work requirements to increase the number of people... Click Here To Read More

Louisiana Budget Passes, Saving TOPS

Education, Funding, Higher Education | Permanent link

The Louisiana Legislature left the State Capitol on June 25 with an agreement to preserve 0.45% of a 1-cent sales tax set to expire. Under the FY2019 budget The Shaw Center, operated through a cooperative endeavor agreement among the state, the Baton Rouge Area Foundation and Louisiana State... Click Here To Read More

Arizona Governor Signs Dental Therapy Bill

Alternative Workforce Models, Dental Health, Dental Therapist | Permanent link

H.B. 2235 was signed into law on May 16 by Republican Governor Doug Ducey of Arizona. This adds another state to the growing list of states planning to license dental therapists. After the Arizona House of Representatives voted 47-13 to pass the bill, the Senate unanimously approved it,... Click Here To Read More

FDA Claims Benzocaine in Teething Pain Products Pose a “Serious Risk” to Young Children

HHS, Dental Health | Permanent link

The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) sent letters to manufacturers of over-the-counter (OTC) teething products and also issued a warning to consumers to stop using products that contain benzocaine on... Click Here To Read More

Policy Report: American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the National Cancer Institute

NIH, Public Health | Permanent link

A joint statement issued June 13 by the directors of the 70 National Cancer Institute-designated cancer centers endorses gender-neutral HPV vaccination. The HPV vaccination rate in the United States remains low, and significantly lower than other recommended adolescent vaccination rates. Concerned over low HPV vaccination rates, the... Click Here To Read More

Association Health Plans Move Forward

Insurance, Dental Health | Permanent link

The Trump Administration issued new rules that expand access for small businesses that fail to meet Affordable Care Act (ACA) coverage requirements to Association Health Plans (AHPs). AHPs allow small businesses and... Click Here To Read More

Twelve States Still in Session

State Policy | Permanent link

As of July 6, the following state legislatures are in regular session: California, the District of Columbia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Wisconsin. Virginia is in a special session to approve a state budget and consider judicial appointments.

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Bills of Interest - July 2018

Dental Health, Opioid Abuse, Prescription Drug Abuse | Permanent link
  • In Illinois, SB 2952 would allow licensed prescribers or pharmacists to authorize individuals they employ the ability to access and consult the state’s Prescription Monitoring
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State Rules and Regulations of Interest - July 2018

State Policy, Licensure, Opioid Abuse, Prescription Drug Abuse, Public Health | Permanent link
  • The Oregon Health Authority has repealed temporary rules and made permanent several new rules relating to Health Care Practitioner Credentialing, effective July 1, 2018. In 2013, the Authority established Oregon Common
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