2010 Legislation and Health Care Reform; How it will affect dentistry?.
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Rebuild the Public Health InfrastructureThe final law also does a good job of improving public health infrastructure; but includes authorization for alternative dental providers pilot project opposed by the ADA. Title VII is amended to create a “dental cluster” that supports dental training.
Other Provisions in the Bill:The new health care law also amended the Indian Health Care Improvement Act. In this section, DHATs are limited to Alaska, except DHATs could be permitted in the lower 48 states if requested by a tribe that is located in a state that already permits DHATs or midlevel providers to practice. This program would have to adhere to the state’s licensing law.
Since passage, the ADA has supported legislation to overturn harmful provisions in the new HCR law. For example, repealing the expanded use of IRS Form 1099. We are also working with others in the dental community to fight a possible tax on dental devices.
Beyond HCR – the ADA has a very full legislative and regulatory agenda, such as antitrust and ERISA reform; fixing the dental Medicaid program; improving access to oral health care for the elderly population; supporting numerous annual appropriations for dental training and research.
Red Flags RuleHR 3763 exempts businesses with less than 20 employees from the requirement of implementing a “written identity theft program”. This bill passed the House by a vote of 400-0 and could save dentists up to $72 million dollars. We need to get the Senate to act on this bill before this session ends.
McCarran-FergusonA bill passed in 1945 that exempts insurance companies from antitrust laws. HR 4626 passed the House by a vote of 406-19. We are asking the Senate to repeal this bill which will encourage competition in the marketplace by allowing greater scrutiny of insurance company practices by the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice .
ERISA ReformERISA makes it very difficult for states to regulate self-funded plans. HR 5000, “The Dental Coverage Value and Transparency Act of 2010”, drafted and supported by the ADA, will require ALL health plans with a dental benefit to adhere to a series of value and transparency provisions.