Dental coverage remains elusive for many, even after the ACA | More employers consider offering voluntary benefits | Revamped exchange enrolls almost 52K in Md.
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December 11, 2014
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Dental coverage remains elusive for many, even after the ACA
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The Affordable Care Act made dental benefits available to more U.S. children but did little to help adults gain coverage, says American Dental Association President Maxine Feinberg. Although 187 million U.S. residents have some type of dental coverage, according to NADP data, some 130 million bear the full cost of their dental care or rely on supplemental policies, and many go without due to lack of affordability or accessibility. Modern Healthcare (free registration) (12/8)
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More employers consider offering voluntary benefits
Many employers have become more comfortable with the Affordable Care Act and are now considering offering more voluntary benefits, according to surveys by Eastbridge Consulting Group and LIMRA. Short- and possibly long-term disability insurance, critical illness and hospital indemnity plans, vision and dental benefits, and ID theft insurance are among the products poised for growth, experts say. (12/3)
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Revamped exchange enrolls almost 52K in Md.
Maryland's upgraded health insurance exchange had about 340,000 visitors during the first several weeks of open enrollment, with more than 29,500 enrolling in a private plan and more than 22,000 enrolling in Medicaid, exchange officials say. The Washington Post (tiered subscription model)/The Associated Press (12/5)
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Study: Patients with diabetes can safely receive dental implants
A study published in the Journal of the American Dental Association found no link between uncontrolled diabetes and dental implant failure or complication risks. The researchers allowed a four-month healing period, and patients received a one-week course of antibiotics. Medscape (free registration) (12/10)
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Canadian city sees more pediatric caries after stopping fluoridation
Some Calgary clinicians say they are seeing more children with cavities since the city stopped fluoridating the drinking water supply three years ago. A study is underway to quantify area tooth decay. (Canada) (12/8)
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Device lets patients scan their own teeth for problems
A handheld device called Toothscan uses spectroscopy to detect problems in teeth and show areas that are not being brushed well. The data is relayed to a smartphone application that provides a snapshot of dental health. The developers have launched a crowdfunding campaign and expect to begin fulfilling orders late next year. CNET (12/8)
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Administrative metrics report provides valuable benchmark data
The current business environment of high price sensitivity and implementation of the Affordable Care Act highlights 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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Reduce unwanted claims attachments and increase provider retention with NEA FastLook
Looking for a way to enhance your networks, increase provider retention and reduce unwanted claims attachments? The NADP-NEA FastLook™ Program is your answer! With FastLook, dental offices find claims requirements for multiple carriers in one location. Encourage your network providers to sign up on the NADP website and receive this free service.
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