Legislative updates from the American Student Dental Association

November 2013

From Washington

Government shutdown concludes, solves little 

The 16-day federal government shutdown concluded on Oct. 16 when the Senate and House passed legislation that averted the U.S. from defaulting on its debt. The shutdown was a result of continued disagreement over Affordable Care Act implementation and brinkmanship over the U.S. economy. It marked the first of its kind in 17 years and was the third longest in U.S. history.

While it caused significant controversy on both ends of the political spectrum, it had minor impact on dentistry. According to the American Dental Association (ADA), Medicaid and CHIP payments continued as scheduled, as those payments are made through state-funded agencies. Also according to the ADA, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) experienced furloughs and thusly temporarily discontinued the following agencies and respective services.


Read more about the specifics of the shutdown.

From the States 

State licensure spotlight: Florida   

Dr. Rebecca Warnken, Marquette '13, 2012-13 District 7 trustee  


Licensure in Florida is a seemingly straightforward process. The requirements for licensure by examination in Florida are as follows:

  1. Be at least 18 years of age
  2. Graduate from a CODA-accredited dental school or its successor agency OR be a dental student in the final year of a program at such an accredited dental school who has completed all the coursework necessary to prepare the student to perform the clinical and diagnostic procedures required to pass the examinations
  3. Successfully complete the following examinations:
    1. Dental National Board Examination Part I and Part II
    2. ADEX Dental Licensing Examination administered in Florida; OR
    3. ADEX Dental Licensing Examination (administered outside of Florida): if completed after Oct. 1, 2011, Florida Laws and Rules Examination Applicants are required to submit the following documents for licensure:
      • National Board Dental Examination scores from ADA
      • Final official transcripts
      • Proof of completion of a minimum two-hour course in the prevention of medical errors within the past two years.
      • If applicable, a certification of licensure from each state in which applicant currently holds or has held a dental or dental hygiene license.
      • Current proof of training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) at the basic support level, including one - rescuer and two rescuer CPR for adults, children, and infants; the use of an automatic external defibrillator (AED) and the use of ambu-bags.

These requirements exist for every dentist, whether you graduated 10 years ago or this year, meaning that you must take the ADEX exam to apply for licensure in Florida. In some cases, you must retake the exam if you took it elsewhere and did not begin practicing within Florida within 365 days of passing the ADEX exam.


My advice: prepare, prepare, prepare. In my case, Marquette did not offer the ADEX (or NERB) examination. I had to travel in order to take the examination. This required research, extra applications for permission to take the examination in another facility, and the arrangements for both my patients and myself to be in another state for the examination. These arrangements and applications take time, requiring you to be proactive and prepared. It's important to start this preparation early. NERB registration opens as early as June, so this is something you should realistically begin looking into as early as spring of your D3 year!


Read more about these requirements and Dr. Warnken's path to licensure in Florida.

Nevada joins WREB as new member state

In June, the Nevada State Board of Dental Examiners voted to join the Western Regional Examining Board as a member state. Nevada joins as the 17th member state, including Alaska, Arizona, California, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. WREB results are accepted in the following states: Colorado, Connecticut, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Vermont and Wisconsin.


Curious what other states accept? Visit our licensure map and state licensing board websites. 

State Lobby Day Grant - applications due Jan. 6

The State Lobby Day Grant helps ASDA chapters participate in state lobby day events. The more students involved in a lobby day, the more likely legislators will listen to our concerns. The grant can provide a maximum of $500 per chapter, up to six chapters. The Council on Advocacy will judge applications based on information provided about the event's execution, funding sources and budgetary requirements. The 2013 recipient chapters included Alabama, Florida, Kentucky, Missouri, Nebraska/Creighton and Nova.


Applications are due by Jan. 6, 2014. Please contact Andrew Smith, governance and advocacy manager, with questions.


For more information, links to important resources and legislative videos, visit ASDAnet.org/Advocate.

Andrew Smith, governance and advocacy manager
ASmith@ASDAnet.org | 312-440-2795
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