Supreme Court to hear ACA subsidies case | States make contingency plans ahead of Supreme Court ACA ruling | Group uses Delta Dental grant to build clinic to serve homeless
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November 13, 2014
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Supreme Court to hear ACA subsidies case
The Supreme Court agreed to hear a case challenging the eligibility of lower-income consumers who shop via the federally run Affordable Care Act exchanges to receive subsidies. At issue is whether the tax credit subsidies should be available only in states that operate their own health insurance exchanges. CNN (11/7), Reuters (11/7), The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (11/7)
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States make contingency plans ahead of Supreme Court ACA ruling
Leaders of some states that rely on the federal government to run their health insurance exchange are making plans in case the Supreme Court rules that tax credits are illegal for plans bought through HealthCare.gov. States that use HealthCare.gov but handle certain aspects of insurance sales could argue that their exchange is state-established, and others might enter a formal agreement designating the federal government as a contractor. Others might decline to establish an exchange if the court rules against the Obama administration. Bloomberg (11/11)
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Group uses Delta Dental grant to build clinic to serve homeless
Volunteers of America will use a $322,404 donation from the Delta Dental Foundation to open a four-chair dental clinic to serve homeless people in Lansing, Mich. The University of Michigan School of Dentistry is contributing equipment. Volunteer dental students from the university and from Lansing Community College will be among those staffing the clinic. MLive.com (Michigan) (free registration) (11/11)
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Colo. dental school opens clinic for student veterans
The Colorado University School of Dental Medicine has created the Heroes Clinic, established to treat student veterans. Dental school faculty and fourth-year students staff the clinic, which is funded through a $1 million grant from Delta Dental and scheduled for expansion next year. KMGH-TV (Denver) (11/11)
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Oral Health
Study: Dentures, sharp teeth linked to risk of oral cancer
Nonsmoking individuals are more likely to develop oral malignancies on the edge of the tongue, where sharp teeth and dentures can irritate tissue, while smokers tend to develop lesions elsewhere in the mouth, according to a recent study in JAMA Otolaryngology -- Head & Neck Surgery. Researchers suggest that prolonged soreness from oral irritation can contribute to the growth of cancer cells. DailyRx.com (11/6)
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Company News
Carriers sign on to offer dental plans on N.H. insurance exchange
Anthem, Delta Dental and Renaissance Dental will offer dental coverage for 2015 through the Affordable Care Act individual exchange in New Hampshire. The companies also are among those offering dental plans on the state's Small Business Health Options Exchange. New Hampshire's exchange is run in partnership with the federal government. Brattleboro Reformer (Vt.)/The Associated Press (11/10)
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NADP News
NADP publishes claims processing metrics report
The 2013 NADP/LIMRA U.S. Group Dental Claims Processing Metrics report was published on Aug. 26. The report is available to voting members as a part of your membership, and to non-voting members at a deeply discounted rate. The report can be downloaded or purchased from the "Statistical Reports" section of the NADP Knowledge Center.
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Mark your calendars for CONVERGE 2015!
Save the date for CONVERGE 2015, Sept. 28–Oct. 1 at the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort and Spa in Palm Desert, Calif. CONVERGE is the best professional development opportunity the dental benefits industry has to offer. It features a variety of learning formats, from panel discussions to energetic networking opportunities including enlightening exhibits and demonstrations in the new Discovery Zone. At CONVERGE, you will become inspired as you share your insights and challenges with colleagues and polish your skills as you learn from thought leaders and industry experts. For more information, visit nadpconverge.org.
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