States Have More of a Direct Impact on Daily Lives
State governments usually have a greater impact on daily lives, and many of the decisions that affect academic dentistry are made at the state level.
Some examples of issues addressed by states include:
The ability to regulate licensure is an exclusive power of the state. States set the standards for reciprocity, minimum requirements for entry into a profession, requirements for licensure renewal and scope of practice. Licensure regulations can impact your ability to work in a new state, recruit faculty and impact the types of procedures you may practice.
While the federal government establishes requirements for minimum coverage for Medicaid/CHIP patients, many states often go beyond the minimum requirements and have considerable leeway when deciding who is eligible and what procedures are eligible for reimbursement. Some examples of decisions states can make include dental procedures for adults and whether to expand Medicaid coverage under the Affordable Care Act.
Student Loan Repayment Programs for Dental Professionals
While many student loan repayment programs are a partnership between states and the federal government, states establish many of the requirements for eligibility and amounts eligible for reimbursement.
Higher Education Funding
States also make decisions that impact public health and access to dental care, and have played a major role in reduced funding for higher education.
States create legislation and regulations on a number of issues that affect academic dentistry.
For a complete list of the issues monitored by ADEA, please refer to the ADEA U.S. Interactive Legislative and Regulatory Tracking Map.