Aetna announces exit from all ACA exchanges | CBO to release AHCA score week of May 22 | Sanctioned dentist continues to provide care to N.M. veterans
May 11, 2017
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Aetna announces exit from all ACA exchanges
Aetna will not offer health insurance on any Affordable Care Act exchanges next year amid continued uncertainty over the fate of the law and the subsidies it provides.
Reuters (5/10) 
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CBO to release AHCA score week of May 22
The Congressional Budget Office plans to release estimates the week of May 22 on how the House's American Health Care Act would affect federal spending, according to a CBO blog post.
The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (5/10) 
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Sanctioned dentist continues to provide care to N.M. veterans
A dentist sanctioned by the New Mexico Board of Dental Health Care remains in the Veterans Affairs Choice Provider network. VA spokesperson Sonja Brown said the dentist is not on HHS's list of excluded providers, which requires a conviction of abuse, neglect or fraud.
KOB-TV (Albuquerque, N.M.) (5/9) 
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Engineering students design low-cost mobile dental clinic
Six students at Arizona State University raised $80,000 and designed a mobile dental clinic to improve dental care access for underserved communities in Arizona and California before settling in Nicaragua.
The Arizona Republic (Phoenix) (tiered subscription model) (5/9) 
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Oral Health
Fear of the dentist can harm overall quality of life
People with an extreme fear of dental work are more likely than those without such fears to have at least one decaying or missing tooth, and their ability to eat, drink and speak may be impaired, according to a study published in the British Dental Journal. Dentists can help by providing instructions for at-home preventive care, researcher Tim Newton says.
HealthDay News (5/3) 
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Study: Smoking alters oral bacteria balance
Smoking cigarettes appears to deplete beneficial oral bacteria and increase proliferation of periodontopathogenic bacteria, according to a genomic analysis of subgingival plaque from smokers and nonsmokers with and without chronic periodontitis.
Medscape (free registration)/BMC Oral Health (5/5) 
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Company News
Anthem asks for more time to salvage Cigna deal
Anthem asked Delaware Chancery Court Judge Travis Laster to issue an order blocking Cigna from exiting the two companies' merger deal for 60 days as Anthem works with federal regulators to withdraw their objections to the deal or takes the case to the Supreme Court.
Bloomberg (5/8) 
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Beam nearly went broke slogging through the regulatory process
Beam Technologies, which makes an internet-connected toothbrush and offers dental insurance, has found itself on the cusp of financial ruin several times as it grappled with the challenges of launching an insurance company, says founder Alex Frommeyer. He says not finding insurance industry mentors early in the process was a key mistake, but the company is now licensed in eight states, and sales are up.
The Business Journals (tiered subscription model)/Columbus, Ohio (5/11) 
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NADP News
Webinar explores dental plan consumer experience of the future
Join NADP on May 16 at 1 p.m. Central for the 60-minute webinar, "2021: The Dental Plan Consumer Experience of the Future," featuring Xpertdoc's CEO, Francis Dion. During this webinar, using real-life customer examples, Xpertdoc will explore the common customer experience challenges faced by dental plans and ways to address them. Read more.
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CONVERGE preliminary schedule published
CONVERGE 2017 features dynamic educational content and multiple networking opportunities designed to advance your career and company. For more details about CONVERGE and the preliminary CONVERGE schedule, visit the event microsite.
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