Survey: Number of enrollees in HSAs, high-deductible plans up 8% to 21.8M | Voluntary benefits becoming must-haves for employers, employees | Man pleads guilty to performing implant surgery without dental license
April 19, 2018
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Survey: Number of enrollees in HSAs, high-deductible plans up 8% to 21.8M
The number of people who are enrolled in a health savings account and a high-deductible plan increased 8% from 20.2 million in 2016 to 21.8 million 2017, according to a survey released by AHIP. Data also showed a 9.2% growth in HSA and high-deductible plan enrollment rates among 45 plans that participated in both 2016 and 2017 surveys, and 85% of health insurance providers in 2017 offered tools designed to help members manage their health and finances.
Healthcare Finance (4/16) 
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Voluntary benefits becoming must-haves for employers, employees
A growing number of employers have expanded voluntary benefit offerings from health care supplements and retirement benefits to include nontraditional products like ID theft protection and pet insurance, a Willis Towers Watson survey showed. Employers see voluntary benefits as a way to meet employee needs, and 79% of employees surveyed said voluntary benefits enrich core benefit plans.
Employee Benefit News (4/12) 
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Man pleads guilty to performing implant surgery without dental license
A Coronado, Calif., man pleaded guilty to practicing dentistry both without a license and under a false name, and to grand theft. Prosecutors say the man took patients to Tijuana, Mexico, where he performed dental implant procedures on them. California revoked the man's license more than 10 years ago due to "negligence and incompetence," according to Shannon Reza with the state Dental Board.
KGTV-TV (San Diego) (4/18) 
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Foundation funds free root canals for homeless people
Endodontics residents at Einstein Medical Center are providing free root canals to homeless people in Philadelphia, financed by the AAE Foundation for Endodontics. Organizers want to expand the service nationwide, with postdoctoral endodontics residents at 58 universities providing care.
KYW-TV (Philadelphia) (4/18) 
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N.J. bill would impose fine on people who fail to enroll in health insurance
The New Jersey Legislature approved a bill designed to stabilize the state's Affordable Care Act market by requiring people without health insurance to pay a penalty equal to 2.5% of their household income, or $695 for adults and $347 for children, whichever is higher. The New Jersey Health Insurance Market Preservation Act, which now goes to Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy, would make New Jersey the first state to issue a statewide health insurance requirement after Congress eliminated the ACA's individual mandate penalty last year.
NJ Advance Media (Morristown, N.J.) (4/14),  The Hill (4/13) 
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1.7M could be affected by Medicaid work provisions, PwC estimates
PwC's Health Research Institute estimates that about 1.7 million people in 10 states could be affected by waiver requests to impose work requirements on Medicaid beneficiaries. Almost $8 billion in annual medical expenditures would be affected by the requirements, according to the report.
Pacific Standard online (4/16),  The Hill (4/16) 
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Oral Health
2-pronged approach may protect children's teeth better than monotherapy
A school-based caries prevention program comprising primary and secondary prevention reduced the risk of untreated decay on permanent teeth and slowed the rate of new caries growth better than a program consisting of primary prevention alone. Primary prevention consisted of glass ionomer sealants, and secondary prevention consisted of interim therapeutic restorations.
Medscape (free registration)/BMC Oral Health (4/16) 
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CDC: Fewer US children, adolescents have dental cavities but disparities remain
CDC researchers reported that the rate of US youths ages 2 to 19 with dental cavities declined from 50% in 2011-2012 to 43% in 2015-2016, with pediatric cavity prevalence decreasing as family income levels rose. However, the findings in the agency's NCHS Data Brief showed that cavities and untreated cavities were most common among Hispanics and blacks, respectively.
CNN (4/16),  The Philadelphia Inquirer/Daily News (tiered subscription model) (4/13) 
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April 24 webinar explores trends in state licensure and use of dental therapists
Join NADP April 24 at 1 p.m. Central for the educational webinar, Trends in State Licensure and Use of Dental Therapists, presented by Jane Koppelman, Pew Charitable Trusts Children's Dental Campaign and Dr. David Gesko, HealthPartners. Koppelman will discuss state legislative activity to authorize dental therapists, including an update on where dental therapists are currently practicing; variations in scope of practice, educational requirements and supervision levels contained in current laws and proposed legislation; varieties of practice settings in which they're employed; and health plan billing procedures for dental therapists. For more information and to register, visit the Knowledge Center.
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