ACA enrollment reaches 11.4M | Stronger dental care provisions needed, DentaQuest exec argues | Employers eye new voluntary benefits
February 19, 2015
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ACA enrollment reaches 11.4M
The White House announced Tuesday that enrollment in private health insurance through the Affordable Care Act reached 11.4 million. Individuals who were not able to enroll due to a technical glitch will have an enrollment extension, HHS said. Reuters (2/17)
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Stronger dental care provisions needed, DentaQuest exec argues
A million U.S. residents have enrolled in a dental plan through a public exchange, but more progress is needed to expand access to care, writes DentaQuest Chief Operating Officer Steve Pollock. Dental disease is more pervasive in children than asthma, the country spends more to treat dental disease than to treat cancer, and poor oral health has been definitively linked to expensive systemic conditions, Pollock writes. Congress should strengthen the Affordable Care Act's dental coverage provisions to improve Americans' access to care, Pollock writes. Roll Call (free content)/Beltway Insiders blog (2/18)
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Employers eye new voluntary benefits
Seventeen percent of employers responding to a survey said they are likely or very likely to make certain benefits voluntary, including dental, vision, disability and life insurance. Fourteen percent said they are likely or very likely to offer a new voluntary product within the next year to 18 months. (2/17)
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Medicaid coverage does not always translate into dental care
Some states cover adult dental care under their Medicaid programs, but many beneficiaries have trouble finding a dentist who will see them. Dentists, patients and advocates say low reimbursement discourages dentists' participation. Colorado proposed offering dentists a $1,000 bonus for taking five new Medicaid beneficiaries, but the CMS has not approved funding. Some states have created a midlevel provider category to increase access and others are considering similar moves, but the American Dental Association has raised questions about safety. Kaiser Health News (2/18)
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Is Pricing Low Your Strategy to Success? Think again.
Pricing is the heart of a business. It affects everything you do and is affected by everything you do. Economists talk of supply and demand as key factors behind pricing—successful entrepreneurs manipulate demand by making their products more desirable. These six steps will help you determine the right price for your product or service, read the article and learn how to get pricing right.

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Study: Parents often wait too long for child's first dental visit
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children have their first dental exam by their first birthday, but the average child does not see a dentist until he or she is 2.5 years old, an online survey found. Many respondents were unaware of the AAPD's guidelines, and some said their pediatrician had reinforced the belief that it is not necessary for children younger than 1 to get dental care. (free registration) (2/17)
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Dentist corrects misinformation about childhood dental care
Children should be supervised while brushing their teeth and should not be allowed to eat snacks all day, dentist Gretchen Henson says. A baby's pacifier should never be put into someone else's mouth, and eating utensils should not be shared, Henson says. Fruit juice has a high sugar content and is as bad for teeth as soda, she says, and fruits and vegetables are safer snacks than sticky or chewy fruit snacks. HealthDay News (2/15)
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Science center exhibit teaches children about oral health
Impression 5 Science Center in Lansing, Mich., opened a new exhibit funded by the Delta Dental Foundation to teach children about the human mouth and oral health. The exhibit includes a mascot in the form of a giant tooth and a giant lower jaw with teeth that children can brush and floss with correspondingly large instruments. Visitors can also use a microscope to check out real teeth and look at their own smiles on large video screens. Lansing State Journal (Mich.), The (tiered subscription model) (2/12)
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Building Workplace Trust 2015
Interaction Associates' 6th annual research study tracking trust on the job, Building Workplace Trust, is out, and more than half of employees surveyed give their organizations low marks for trust and leadership. Yet this year's findings again point to how high trust leads to better outcomes and financial results — and even boosts innovation.

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NADP contact center metrics report provides valuable benchmarks
What is the industry average for the speed to answer incoming calls? What is the average rate for member satisfaction? Find answers to these questions and more with the NADP/LIMRA 2013 U.S. Group Dental Contact Center Metrics report now available in the Statistical Report section of the NADP Knowledge Center. You must log in to receive member pricing.
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Administrative metrics report helps you gauge your success
The current business environment of high price sensitivity and implementation of the Affordable Care Act highlight the importance of effective management of administrative components of dental plans. The NADP/LIMRA 2013 U.S. Group Dental Administrative Metrics report provides valuable benchmark data to help your company measure its success in areas such as distribution of ID cards and certificates of coverage, provider credentialing and recredentialing, provider directory updates and provider recruitment. The report is now available in the Statistical Report section of the NADP Knowledge Center. You must log in to receive member pricing.
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The IDC Market Spotlight on Network Automation and Agility
The arrival of virtualization, cloud computing, and mobility has strained data center networks—and IT staff—like never before. This Market Spotlight explains how data center network fabrics provide a foundation for automated provisioning, configuration, and management of network-based services in a new era of IT agility. Download now.

Life is all about change. If it were static, think about how boring it would be. You can't be afraid of it, and you can't worry that you'll mess things up. You deserve good things."
-- Ellen Hopkins,
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