Minnesota Passes Legislation Allowing Mid-level Oral Health Provider

May 20, 2009

History was made on May 13, 2009, as Minnesota became the first state to pass legislation allowing a “mid-level” oral health provider into state statute – enabling students who are educated under the Advanced Dental Hygiene Practitioner (ADHP) model to become licensed to practice. The Minnesota state House and Senate overwhelmingly passed Senate File 2083, a bill establishing the Dental Therapist and Advanced Dental Therapist providers in the state. Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty signed the bill into law on May 16.
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Minnesota Passes Legislation Allowing Mid-level Oral Health Provider

May 20, 2009

History was made on May 13, 2009, as Minnesota became the first state to pass legislation allowing a “mid-level” oral health provider into state statute – enabling students who are educated under the Advanced Dental Hygiene Practitioner (ADHP) model to become licensed to practice. The Minnesota state House and Senate overwhelmingly passed Senate File 2083, a bill establishing the Dental Therapist and Advanced Dental Therapist providers in the state. Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty signed the bill into law on May 16.
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Colorado House Kills Legislation To Build Single-Payer Health Care System

April 21, 2009

The Colorado House has abandoned legislation that would have laid the groundwork for a statewide single-payer health care system, the AP/Denver Post reports. State Rep. John Kefalas (D) said on Wednesday the bill was introduced to aid the estimated 800,000 uninsured state residents, as well as those who are underinsured. The bill would have established a central health care authority, headed by a 23-member board of directors, to create the single-payer system.
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Colorado House Kills Legislation To Build Single-Payer Health Care System

April 21, 2009

The Colorado House has abandoned legislation that would have laid the groundwork for a statewide single-payer health care system, the AP/Denver Post reports. State Rep. John Kefalas (D) said on Wednesday the bill was introduced to aid the estimated 800,000 uninsured state residents, as well as those who are underinsured. The bill would have established a central health care authority, headed by a 23-member board of directors, to create the single-payer system.
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Legislation Would Give 12 Years Of Market Exclusivity To Brand-Name Biologic Drug Manufacturers

March 20, 2009

Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.), House Energy and Commerce Committee ranking member Joe Barton (R-Texas) and Rep. Jay Inslee (D-Wash.) on Tuesday introduced legislation that would allow FDA to approve generic versions of biologic drugs, CongressDaily reports. The bill would give brand-name biologic drugmakers a 12-year period of exclusivity for their products before generic competition can be introduced. The measure also would require data from generic companies.
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Rep. Stark Says Lawmakers Might Not Vote On Legislation To Overhaul U.S. Health Care System Until Late 2009, 2010

January 17, 2009

House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee Chair Pete Stark (D-Calif.) on Wednesday said a vote on health care overhaul legislation likely would not occur during the first 100 days of the new Congress and could be put off until late 2009 or 2010, The Hill reports. Congress has several smaller health care matters to address before it can consider an overhaul, according to Stark, who spoke during a conference call sponsored by the Campaign for America’s Future. However, he said that a comprehensive plan would have to be voted on by early 2010 at the latest, because waiting any longer would “put the campaign at risk of being caught up in the politics of the midterm congressional elections,” The Hill reports (Young, The Hill, 12/17). Stark said that Congress likely will vote on legislation to expand SCHIP early in 2009 (CongressDaily, 12/17).
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Sen. Grassley Considers Proposing Legislation That Would Require Not-for-Profit Hospitals To Spend A Minimum Amount On Charity Care, More

January 16, 2009

Senate Finance Committee ranking member Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) might propose legislation in the first quarter of 2009 that would attempt to hold not-for-profit hospitals accountable for the billions of dollars in tax exemptions they receive annually, according to members of Grassley’s staff, the Wall Street Journal reports. Grassley is working on the legislation with other Senate members, including Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.). The aides noted that Grassley first plans to urge the Treasury Department to reinstate charity care requirements that the Internal Revenue Service eliminated in 1969 before proposing new legislation.
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