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ADA Asks Congress To Prioritize CHIP And Repeal Medical Device Tax

WASHINGTON, District of Columbia — As Congress works to finalize a continuing resolution that will keep the government running until the end of 2018, the American Dental Association (ADA) is asking legislators to include two provisions important to dentistry: a six-year reauthorization of the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and a two-year moratorium on the 2.3 percent excise tax imposed on the sale of medical devices.

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RSVP For 2018 Colorado Dentists At The Capitol Lobby Day

DENVER, Colorado — Mark your calendar for February 16 and plan to join the Colorado Dental Association (CDA) for the 2018 Dentists at the Capitol Lobby Day.

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Required Informed Consent For Oral Conscious Sedation In California

SACRAMENTO, California — Passage last year of AB-2235 (Thurmond) made it unprofessional conduct to fail to obtain the specific written informed consent of a patient prior to administering general anesthesia or conscious sedation. In the case of a minor dental patient that consent must contain the following information:

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2018 Is A License Renewal Year For Illinois Dentists

There will be no paper renewal notice mailed in 2018. Notifications will only be sent via email.

SPRINGFIELD, Illinois — Beginning in early June through September 30, dentists will receive email notification of their license renewal with a PIN. Licensees will be required to go to the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation's (IDFPR) website to renew online. This affects individuals who have general dentist license, specialty license, controlled substance license and dental sedation permit.

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American Dental Association Continues Opposing Medical Device Tax, Awaits IRS Guidance

WASHINGTON, District of Columbia — The American Dental Association (ADA) continues to advocate for Congress to repeal the excise tax on medical devices.

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Updates to California Dental Association's 2017-18 Required Posters

SACRAMENTO, California — Regulatory changes have occurred since the printing of the 2017-18 California Dental Association Required Poster Set. As of December 2017, the three changes are:

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Ethics And Legal Aspects Of Dentistry Conference Set For late February

CHARLESTON, South Carolina — The American College of Legal Medicine is sponsoring the 11th annual Ethics and Legal Aspects of Dentistry Conference February 23-25 at the Francis Marion Hotel in Charleston, South Carolina.

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ADEA Joins 14 Health Professions Associations In Letter To U.S. House Of Representatives Committee On PROSPER Act.

Dear Chair Foxx and Ranking Member Scott:

With the recent introduction of H.R. 4508, the Promoting Real Opportunity, Success and Prosperity through Education Reform (PROSPER) Act, the member organizations of the Federation of Associations of Schools of the Health Professions (FASHP) respectfully request that the Committee fully consider higher education policies that support and strengthen health professions education and the future health care workforce as negotiations on the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act progress.

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California's Ban-The-Box Law, New Leave Mandate, Other Laws Take Effect January 1

SACRAMENTO, California — Gov. Jerry Brown on Oct. 14 signed into law Assembly Bill 1008. This statewide "ban-the-box" law generally bars employers with five or more employees from asking an applicant to disclose conviction information until the employer has made a conditional offer of employment. If an employer later decides to revoke the offer based on an individual's criminal history, the employer must undertake a procedure called the "fair chance" process. AB-1008 will take effect January 1, 2018.

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California Dental Association Urges CHIP Funding

SACRAMENTO, California — The California Dental Association (CDA) is calling on dentists throughout the state to act now to protect dental and health care coverage for millions of children and pregnant women in California. The Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) provides affordable, pediatric-appropriate health coverage to nearly 9 million children nationwide, including 2 million children and pregnant women in California. CHIP coverage provides important preventive services including well-child check-ups, immunizations, and dental care.

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