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Washington—The Department of Justice issued a final rule increasing civil penalties for violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act, which covers “professional offices of health care providers” including dental offices. This rule is effective April 27, 2014, according to the March 28 Federal Register notice. However, the DoJ announcement said, “The new maximums apply only to violations occurring on or after April 28, 2014.”

Lansing, Mich.—The Michigan Dental Association told members in a special alert April 11 that “the MDA has received several calls from member dentists who say that when they submitted their federal taxes this year they learned that their taxes had already been filed, most likely by an identity thief.”

Washington—The Association described an emerging public-private partnership to improve the oral health of Native Americans in congressional testimony April 8 and invited Congress to participate.

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Washington—The ADA Action for Dental Health movement gained the attention of the U.S. Congress with the introduction April 3 of legislation “to improve essential oral health care for lower-income individuals by breaking down barriers to care.”

Dentists have free access to research from the Journal of Prosthodontics through April 16 as the American College of Prosthodontists urges observation April 6-12 of National Prosthodontics Awareness Week.

Sacramento, Calif.—The California Dental Association wants patients to get what they pay for.

Fort Lauderdale-Davie, Fla.—Nova Southeastern University's student-run Give Kids A Smile March 8 event provided dental care to about 325 children—the most in its 11-year history.

Bethesda, Md.—The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research will unveil a five-year strategic plan for dental research late this spring. "The plan offers a clear and concise narrative of where today's research investments might yield tomorrow's clinical advances," said Dr. Martha J. Somerman, NIDCR director.

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