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.

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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 changes dental benefits

10/17/2014
As California approaches the second full year of implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), California’s Health Benefit Exchange Board, responsible for Covered California, the state’s online insurance marketplace and for the overall implementation of the ACA in California, has announced some changes to how dental benefits will be offered in 2015.

 

Hydrocodone schedule change now in effect

10/08/2014
Dentists are reminded that starting Oct. 6, hydrocodone combination products such as Vicodin and Norco are classified as Schedule II drugs and require Schedule II authority to prescribe. CDA reminds dentists to visit the DEA’s website to ensure their registration is up-to-date. Pharmacists will be checking the website for proper authority before filling Schedule II prescriptions. Dentists whose registration status is not updated should anticipate receiving pharmacists’ phone calls prior to filling prescriptions for Vicodin, Norco or similar products.

 

Vote against threat to malpractice protection

10/07/2014
CDA President James Stephens, DDS, urges members to vote no on Proposition 46 in the November 4 general election. The primary goal of Proposition 46, sponsored by trial lawyers, is to make malpractice lawsuits against dentists and other health care providers more lucrative, which will significantly increase liability insurance costs, the volume of litigation and patients' health care costs.

 

Governor signs CDA-sponsored bill protecting patient premiums

09/25/2014
Gov. Jerry Brown has signed CDA-sponsored legislation into law that will bring increased accountability and transparency to dental insurance plans in California. Assembly Bill 1962, authored by Assemblymember Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley), establishes standardized requirements for dental plans to disclose how they spend patient premium dollars and puts the state on a path to establish a minimum percentage of premium dollars that must be spent on patient care.