As the governments of 36 states and the District of Columbia enter their 2016 sessions this month, the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) will keep its eye on their proceedings and report on legislation affecting dentists via its online Interactive Legislative Tracking Map.
The National Governors Association and the National Lieutenant Governors Association both report that state legislatures will focus on continued growth in Medicaid, opioid abuse, and education, particularly in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to improve the workforce.
The ADEA’s Advocacy and Government Relations division already is tracking bills related to establishing alternative workforce models and authorizing reimbursement for children’s dental services provided by licensed dental hygienists in a health access setting.
Bills regulating the addition or removal of additional fluoride in community water by referendum, policy changes to prescription drug monitoring programs, and requests for Congress to reform graduate medical education programs also are emerging.
As more states enter their 2016 legislative sessions and more bills relevant to dentists are introduced, the ADEA will add them to its interactive map.