Editors Note: The WSDA recently lost another incredibly respected WSDA member: dentist, editor and educator Dr. Vincent G. Kokich passed away suddenly on July 24. After retiring in 2010, Kokich was preparing to return to his role as educator at the UWSoD. Always a consummate professional, it has been said that Kokich would have rather have been remembered first as a devoted family man and second, a teacher. A renowned educator, scholar, researcher and a leading advocate of interdisciplinary dentistry, Dr. Kokich was a prominent lecturer, having presented more than 950 lectures throughout the world.
Earlier this week, the American Dental Association (ADA) published their first entry in a series of articles about implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and health care reform. This article is published in its entirety below and includes comments in bold with Washington-specific information from WSDA staff.
Dental Licensure Fees: DOH has proposed lowering dental license renewal fees by $176. The current license renewal fee of $576 is the second highest dental license renewal fee in the nation. Initial dental license fees are also expected to drop $200. The current initial dental license fee is $700. More information on the proposed fee reduction can be found here.