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How teledentistry will play into dental insurance benefits in 2021 and beyond

By |2020-11-18T17:01:33-05:00November 18th, 2020|Covid, insurance, Teledentistry, telemedicine|

With COVID-19, teledentistry skyrocketed into the dental headlines in 2020. Now, with dental patients preparing for open insurance enrollment, what benefit will they see in teledentistry and will it become even bigger in 2021? That's one of the biggest questions I wanted to ask Dr. Maria Kunstadter and Dr. Katina Spadoni as this year winds down. Kunstadter

Claim denials: Know your rights when filing an appeal

By |2020-10-30T17:56:18-04:00October 30th, 2020|insurance, News|

Quick Summary: It is very important that dentists and their teams know and understand their rights when appealing a claim denial and how the law can protect you and your patient. To minimize the frustration of dealing with a claim denial, it is important to understand how a lot of claims are processed today. By Cindy Hartwell,

Be Smart – don’t waste your dental insurance

By |2020-09-16T15:24:33-04:00September 15th, 2020|insurance|

In this era of uncertainty everyone needs to be careful about so many things. It’s always true  that regular dental visits save money in the long run. If you are fortunate enough to have dental benefits it’s imperative to use them to their fullest. Did you know your dental benefits reset every year? It’s true.

Preserve dental benefits for our most vulnerable citizens

By |2020-08-04T13:44:34-04:00August 3rd, 2020|insurance, seniors|

COVID-19 has wreaked havoc on our state’s budget. Once again, dental care for poor adults is on the chopping block. Eliminating dental benefits for adults using Medicaid will not solve our budget problems — and will lead to more unnecessary suffering. Good oral health is essential to our health and well-being. It helps us to

UnitedHealth Group posts $6.6B in Q2 profit amid COVID-19 care deferrals

By |2020-07-15T10:59:11-04:00July 15th, 2020|coronavirus, insurance, insurance executives, News|

UnitedHealth Group reported $6.6 billion in profit for the second quarter, beating Wall Street projections. That's also a significant increase in profit compared to the second quarter of 2019, where the healthcare giant brought in $3.3 billion, according to its earnings report (PDF) issued Wednesday. UnitedHealth's mid-year profits sit at $10 billion, compared to $6.8 billion in the first half

Convergence of Dental, Health Insurance Increases

By |2020-07-09T09:08:54-04:00July 2nd, 2020|insurance, insurance executives, News|

Of the 87% of executives who see convergence already happening, 89% say it is accelerating—up from 21% who said the same in 2018. While dental payers feel less threatened by health plans, health insurers are much more interested in offering dental benefits now than they were two years ago, according to the report, “Convergence of

COVID-19 Adds Suspense to Dental Insurance

By |2020-04-29T12:16:39-04:00April 29th, 2020|Covid, insurance, News|

COVID-19 is shaking up a strong, steady health insurance sector: the dental insurance market. Amy Friedrich, president of the U.S. insurance solutions division at Principal Financial Group Inc., talked about the impact of the pandemic today, during a conference call with securities analysts that was streamed live on the web. Federal officials have advised dentists

CVS’ Merlo was the top paid health insurance CEO in 2019. Here’s a look at what other payer CEOs earned

By |2020-04-27T10:03:10-04:00April 27th, 2020|insurance, insurance executives, News|

Health insurance CEOs earned a pretty penny in 2019. At the top of the list is CVS Health chief Larry Merlo, who earned $36.5 million in total compensation last year. That was about $10 million ahead of the next-highest earner, Centene Corporation's Michael Neidorff. CVS Health was also among the profitable payer companies overall last

Top 4 Tips To Maximize Your Dental Insurance Coverage

By |2020-04-05T21:10:22-04:00April 4th, 2020|insurance, News|

Not All Dental Insurance Plans Are Created Equal Insurance for your dentistry needs can be extremely comprehensive, or it might just cover something like 10% of your total bill. Just because your job offers benefits like “dental” doesn’t mean those benefits will totally cover associated costs. Oftentimes they won’t. You won’t find out how little

Dental Care & Coverage After 65: Experiences & Perspectives

By |2020-03-25T13:05:23-04:00March 25th, 2020|insurance, Medicare, News|

The National Poll on Healthy Aging team acknowledges the unprecedented challenges related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, especially for older adults and their families. Although our work has shifted to a remote format, the NPHA team remains committed to continuing to share poll results to help inform and improve the overall health and well-being of