Congratulations to Columbia's ASDA chapter for being selected by ASDA's Council on Advocacy as this year's winner of the Molar Bear Video Competition. They did an excellent job educating viewers about ELSA, the Dental Health Act, DOC Access Act, REDI Act and more. Check out their video on Instagram.
The House releases articles of impeachment against Trump
What's the issue?
On Tuesday, Dec. 10 the House of Representatives announced the two articles of impeachment against President Trump: abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. The House is expected to vote on the articles by the end of next week.
ASDA is a
supporting organization of the bipartisan Congressional Caucus to End the Youth Vaping Epidemic. This caucus serves as a forum in Congress to discuss solutions to better protect American youth from the dangers of vaping and nicotine addiction. In November, ASDA received a request to sign onto a letter urging President Trump to finalize guidance on flavored e-cigarettes in the market.
Why is it important?
Vaping has not been proven to be a safe alternative to cigarettes or other tobacco products. ASDA is in support of additional research on the effects of vaping. As a health care provider, it is important for you to be aware of this outbreak and the impact it may have on your patients.
On Nov. 15, the California Board of Dentistry voted to accept the ADEX exam as a pathway to licensure in the state. In 2016, the legislature passed a bill to add the ADEX exam pending review of the state's Office of Professional Examination Services (OPES). OPES completed their review and found the exam met "professional guidelines and technical standards." According to a press release from ADEX, "the development of the licensure application process will take approximately 4-6 months to implement."
Why is this important?
Prior to this decision, California only accepted WREB as their clinical licensure exam.
Adding ADEX as another licensure pathway will increase portability for students graduating from California dental schools or practicing dentists looking to move to California. ADEX is now accepted in 46 of the 50 states.
On Sept. 25, Gov. Tony Evers signed a bill to expand loan repayment eligibility under the Physician and Dentist Loan Assistance Program and the Health Care Provider Loan Assistance Program. Dentists who work in charitable clinics can now receive up to $50,000 for three years. Previously, only dentists that worked rural or health shortage areas were eligible for repayment.
Why is it important?
As listed in ASDA's
F-4 policy, the association supports opportunities for loan repayment. Expanding eligibility for repayment can reduce barriers to care in Wisconsin.