ADA, National Council of Insurance Legislators push for transparency in dental insurance bills

By |2021-10-02T11:07:02-04:00October 2nd, 2021|ada|

Supported by the ADA, the National Council of Insurance Legislators adopted its Transparency in Dental Benefits Contracting Model Act at the end of 2020. It ended up serving as the impetus for myriad state bills in the 2020-21 legislative session that underscore the need for transparency when it comes to dental insurance. In all, 15

Why Dentists Oppose Democrats’ Plan to Add Dental Coverage to Medicare

By |2021-09-28T22:45:47-04:00September 28th, 2021|ada, Medicare, seniors|

On the surface, you’d expect dentists to be fond of the Democratic proposal to expand Medicare to include dental (along with vision and hearing) coverage. It’s one of the things progressives are battling to include in the fiscal year 2022 budget reconciliation bill, a.k.a. the Build Back Better package, assuming Democratic centrists don’t shrink the

ADA, state dental society advocacy results in nearly 100 dental insurance reform proposals

By |2021-09-22T08:17:10-04:00September 20th, 2021|ada, insurance, Legislation|

Working closely with the ADA, state dental society advocacy efforts have resulted in nearly 100 dental insurance reform proposals in state legislatures during the 2020-21 season. In all, 26 significant dental insurance reform bills became law in 16 states.   Dr. White “As America’s leading oral health advocate, the ADA works tirelessly to influence public

New FAQ addresses questions about Medicare dental benefit proposals

By |2021-09-03T09:42:31-04:00September 1st, 2021|ada, Medicare, News|

“The ADA has a duty to respond when Congress intends to act on adding a dental benefit to Medicare.” This was one of the key messages in a new FAQ the ADA created in order to explain the ADA’s response to a legislative proposal currently being considered by Congress that would expand the nation’s Medicare

ADA advocates for Medicare dental benefits to focus on low-income seniors amid federal budget discussions

By |2021-08-16T08:45:37-04:00August 16th, 2021|ada, medicaid, Medicare, News, seniors|

As Congress considers expanding Medicare to include dental benefits as part of the fiscal year 2022 federal budget, the American Dental Association is advocating for a distinct program that would provide comprehensive dental care to low-income older adults. Dr. Klemmedson "We hope that an innovative approach that is adequately funded and efficiently administered and utilizes

ADA continues its search for unified solution to eligibility, benefits verification problems

By |2021-08-15T10:37:50-04:00August 15th, 2021|ada|

While establishing a “unified system” may not be the most feasible approach to solving issues related to dental eligibility and benefits verification, the ADA could provide significant value in driving improvement in that area, according to a July study completed by Change Healthcare, a Nashville-based health care technology company. The company offered four recommendations on

Retroactive denial laws a priority for ADA advocacy

By |2021-07-24T21:23:48-04:00July 22nd, 2021|ada, insurance|

People don’t become dentists to spend their time navigating the insurance claims process. They do it to take care of people. Unfortunately, the reality of dealing with insurance carriers and their varying claims policies can create headaches not only for dentists and their front-office staff, but for patients as well.   Dr. Watson “It can

ADA urges the Center for Medicare Services to prioritize oral health issues

By |2021-06-21T21:46:58-04:00June 18th, 2021|ada, News|

The ADA is asking the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to prioritize several oral health issues. In a June 9 letter to the new CMS administrator, Chiquita Brooks-LaSure, ADA President Daniel J. Klemmedson, D.D.S., M.D., and Executive Director Kathleen T. O'Loughlin, D.M.D., said that under her leadership, the new administration is “well-positioned to tackle

ADA outlines priorities for oral health to new HHS secretary

By |2021-04-20T15:29:37-04:00April 20th, 2021|ada, News|

The ADA is asking the U.S. Department Health and Human Services to prioritize several issues during the Biden administration. In an April 15 letter to Sec. Xavier Becerra, ADA President Daniel J. Klemmedson, D.D.S., M.D., and Executive Director Kathleen T. O’Loughlin, D.M.D., said that they looked forward to working with the secretary on the following:

ADA responds to claim that HIV spreads via toothbrush sharing

By |2020-11-17T16:40:50-05:00November 17th, 2020|ada, News|

The head of an independent charity in the U.K. has been criticized after claiming that a person can get HIV by sharing an infected person's toothbrush, though the virus is not spread through saliva, according to news reports. Both the ADA and HIV Scotland have denounced claims made by Dr. Nigel Carter, chief executive of the

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