ADEA State Update

Governors Races and State Legislatures

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Victors in nearly all governors races have been declared, and as predicted, Democrats made significant gains by picking up offices in seven states previously held by Republicans. Democrats successfully flipped offices in Illinois, Kansas, New Mexico, Maine, Michigan, Nevada and

Twelve States Still in Session

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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

National Governors Association Announces the 2017–18 Executive Committee Leadership

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On July 15, during the National Governors Association’s (NGA’s) annual summer meeting, the 2017–18 Executive Committee Leadership was announced . Gov. Brian Sandoval (R-NV) was named NGA Chair, and Gov. Steve Bullock (D-MT) was named V

California Bill Encourages Private Employers to Protect Immigrants as Sanctuary City Debate Continues

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AB 450 prohibits public and private employers from letting immigration agents come into their worksites or view their employee files. AB 450 has moved through the committee process and is headed to the Assembly floor for a vote. Democrats c

Oregon Governor Signs Bill Requiring Dental Screenings for Students Seven and Younger

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On June 25, Gov. Kate Brown (D OR) signed H.B. 2972 into law. Under the new law, Oregon children who are starting public school and are seven years old or younger will be required to have dental screenings, or show

Kentucky Governor Announces Loan Forgiveness Program for Dentists

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On July 20, Gov. Steve Beshear (D KY) announced the creation of a new loan forgiveness program supported by $500,000 in state funds available to dental students who commit to practice in the region. The University of Kentucky College of

Many State Legislatures Enter Special Session, Others Adjourn for the Year

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Most state legislatures operate on a part time schedule and many have adjourned for the year. However, some states remain deadlocked in fights over Medicaid expansion or the state budget, resulting in special sessions beyond the normal schedule. Alaska’s legislature

State Legislatures Turn Attention to Telehealth

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As states face health care services shortages, state legislature are turning to telehealth to help alleviate the problem. The most common telehealth policies that arise include establishing the definition and scope of telehealth practice allowed in the state and providing

Alternative Workforce Models Update

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As states continue to face access to dental care issues, many turn to alternative workforce models, such as dental therapy and expanding the scope of practice, in an effort to provide more access to care.

Minnesota Bill Would Establish Smile Healthy Minnesota 2016 Program to Expand Access to Dental Care

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Minnesota seeks to establish the Smile Healthy Minnesota 2016 grant program through companion bills SF 866 and HB 972.
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