Legislation

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.

Grassroots Advocacy

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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
Nov. 4 vote will impact your practice

08/26/2014
The campaign working to defeat Proposition 46 in November has ramped up its voter education activities by launching statewide television and radio ads to defeat the ballot initiative backed by trial lawyers. The No on 46 campaign is airing the ads in English and Spanish, highlighting the high cost of Proposition 46 — both in dollars and patient access to care — which would raise the cap on the state’s Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act (MICRA).

 

08/15/2014
In a new report from the ADA’s Health Policy Institute researchers found that the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) expanded dependent coverage provision increased dental insurance coverage for young adults. The report, published in Medical Care, set out to "assess the effect of the Affordable Care Act’s dependent coverage policy on private dental benefits coverage, utilization and financial barriers to dental care."

 

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.