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2010 Election Wrap-Up

2010 Election Wrap-Up

November 18, 2010

The 2010 general election concluded on Tuesday, Nov. 2.  There are a number of changes that will transpire in the state of Colorado as a result of the election. Please look through the list of winning candidates provided in this article and let us know if you have a relationship with any elected official. Personal relationships with legislators are often key to success on legislative issues.

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Amalgam Separators - Proposed Rule

Amalgam Separators - Proposed Rule

October 7, 2010

On Monday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced its intention to issue a proposed rule next year to mandate amalgam separators. The EPA's announcement stated, "EPA expects to propose a rule next year and finalize it in 2012. Dental offices will be able to use existing technology to meet the proposed requirements.  Amalgam separators can separate out 95% of the mercury normally discharged to the local waste treatment plant."

The CDA will monitor this rule development as progress is made and keep membership informed. 

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2010 State Legislative Session Ends

2010 State Legislative Session Ends

May 13, 2010

Yesterday evening, the Colorado state legislature adjourned for the year.  This session the legislature dealt with a number of groundbreaking and controversial issues including regulation of medical marijuana dispensaries, budget balancing measures, education, energy initiatives and more. 

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ADA President Testifies to House Appropriations Committee on Oral Health Programs Funding

ADA President Testifies to House Appropriations Committee on Oral Health Programs Funding

May 13, 2010

Yesterday, the ADA President urged the House Appropriations Committee to continue funding several federal oral health programs.  Dr. Ron Tankersley provided an example of a research program related to salivary diagnostics, which may have a positive impact in early diagnosis of many chronic health conditions and cancers. 

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8 Days and Counting

8 Days and Counting

May 3, 2010

With just 8 days remaining in the state legislative session, legislators still have much on their plates.  Medical marijuana regulations are a hot topic, as are education, payday loans and congressional redistricting.  The Denver Post offers details on the remaining legislative agenda.

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Banking Committee in U.S. Senate Proposes to Increase Dental Funding

Banking Committee in U.S. Senate Proposes to Increase Dental Funding

April 30, 2010

The Senate Banking Committee’s 2011 budget resolution, approved on April 22, would increase funding for several dental programs and initiatives, including health profession training programs, community health centers and the National Institutes of Health.  The budget resolution is a policy document that helps guide the committees that appropriate federal funds.

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CDA Highlights Charitable Dental Care Options for House HHS Committee

CDA Highlights Charitable Dental Care Options for House HHS Committee

April 9, 2010

Rep. Jim Riesberg, chair of the House Health and Human Services (HHS) Committee, asked the CDA’s help in organizing a presentation on the low cost and charitable dental options that are currently available to Coloradans.  On Thursday, April 8, the CDA – along with select dental charities – met with the House HHS Committee to provide information and resources on the topic. 

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2010 Long Bill Adds Funds for Kids Dental, Cuts Funds for Seniors

2010 Long Bill Adds Funds for Kids Dental, Cuts Funds for Seniors

March 29, 2010

This week, business in the state House is almost exclusively devoted to consideration of the 2010-2011 budget. The bill, known as the "long bill" due to its considerable length, outlines the funding for all state government agencies and other programs that receive general funds from the state.

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Act Now! Committee Vote on HB 1144

Act Now! Committee Vote on HB 1144

January 26, 2010

Did you know that some dental plans have adopted a policy to try to tell you what you can charge for services not covered under their plan?

This is a marketing scheme by dental plans which is blatantly unfair to dentists and can limit patient choice and treatment options.

The CDA has introduced a bill to stop this unfair practice. The bill is an intuitive, one-line fix that simple says "if a plan doesn't pay for a service, they can't tell a dentist what they can charge for it." The bill ensures fairness, preserves competition and protects quality dental care.

This bill is up for a critical committee vote tomorrow - Wednesday, January 27.

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2010 Pre Session Party Fundraising Events

2010 Pre Session Party Fundraising Events

January 13, 2010

CDA lobbyist Charlie Hebeler and CDA staff member Jennifer Goodrum attended party fundraising events for Senate Republicans, Senate Democrats and House Republicans on January 11 and House Republicans on January 12.

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