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What issues is CDA tackling in Sacramento? What federal issues are being worked on by ADA in Washington, D.C.? Follow links to your state senate and assembly members, and members of the U.S. Congress, and get the latest about major issues facing the dental profession.

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Kindergarten Oral Health Requirement

In 2005, California passed AB1433 requiring a kindergarten dental check-up for every student. This is one way schools can help children stay healthy – by helping parents establish a dental home for their children ensuring they have access to needed services. An archive of this program has been created to assist other states looking to implement similar legislation.

In the News
Covered California continues work to implement dental benefit

07/28/2014
While the Exchange has not yet released the number of pediatric dental benefit policies sold in its first open enrollment period, the agency continues to move forward with its plans for 2015. Medical plans as well as dental plans have submitted bids to the Exchange to participate and sell policies in 2015. Those bids are sealed, so we have little detailed information on them – including any dental plans that have asked to join the Exchange – but we know that the Exchange staff is actively negotiating with plans on the premium rates being offered by those hoping to sell products in the Exchange.

 

No on 46 campaign gains momentum, allies

07/15/2014
The ballot measure that would quadruple the cap on non-economic damages under the Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act (MICRA) has been assigned a number, Proposition 46, for the upcoming November election, while the campaign against it is gaining more powerful allies. CDA and an expanding coalition of health care organizations and others are working to defeat Prop. 46 because it would have devastating effects on California’s health care system, increasing costs by billions of dollars annually.

 

History repeats itself in MICRA malpractice fight

06/17/2014
As the November election approaches, CDA members will be hearing a lot more about a ballot measure designed to raise the cap on the Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act (MICRA). CDA and a coalition of health care organizations are working to defeat the initiative that would have devastating effects on California’s health care system. The initiative, called “The Troy and Alana Pack Patient Safety Act,” is backed by trial lawyers attempting to persuade voters to quadruple MICRA’s cap on noneconomic damages to $1.1 million.

 

State dental director significant win for oral health

06/15/2014
The establishment of a state dental director position — a goal CDA has actively pursued for years — is slated to become a reality after the state Legislature approved the 2014-15 state budget on June 15.