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First-year dental students at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry visited ADA Headquarters Aug. 19 to participate in an ADA Success Dental Student Program.

Hepatitis B virus infection associated with a portable dental clinic in West Virginia gets the cover spotlight in the October issue of The Journal of the American Dental Association.

New Orleans—The ADA Board of Trustees wants dentists' input for the Association's next strategic plan.

Washington–She and her clients “are standing together in the same line, looking for help” for their dental needs, a Falls Church, Va., social worker told a Senate subcommittee Sept. 12 at a hearing on Dental Crisis in America: The Need to Address Cost.

Phoenix—Dr. Charles L. Siroky, a past ADA vice president and trustee who represented the 14th District, died Sept. 9. He was 76 years old.

Philadelphia—Eligible volunteer dentists may provide dental care for U.S. Olympic elite athletes as members of the USOC health care team under an agreement announced by the Academy for Sports Dentistry.

The Association has posted a Sunshine Act Frequently Asked Questions for Dentists document to help members understand implications of the "transfer of value" data collection that began Aug. 1 and the data reporting that will follow.

Atlanta—The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Sept. 3 announced cooperative agreements with 21 states offering nearly $6 million in grants over the next year and approximately $30 million through 2018 to promote oral health.

Sacramento, Calif.—The California Dental Association and several individual dentists filed a formal demand for arbitration with Delta Dental of California to challenge Delta's unilateral decision to revise two significant provisions to its provider agreements.

The "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act," shorthanded as the ACA and as this series of reports will refer to it, has the potential to reshape health care in America. Expansion of medical insurance coverage, a move toward more integrated care delivery and significant changes in the financing of health care are among the expectations of ACA legislators and regulators.

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