Many consumers who lack ancillary benefits want them, survey says | Premiums remain steady on exchange-sold plans in Idaho | Va. Chamber of Commerce establishes private exchange
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October 9, 2014
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Many consumers who lack ancillary benefits want them, survey says
About 63% of U.S. residents said they have dental insurance, and 30% said they would like to have it, according to a Cigna survey. Fifty-five percent of respondents said they have vision coverage, and 34% wish they did. About 60% of respondents said overall cost of benefits is extremely important, and 47% said having access to preferred providers is extremely important. National Underwriter Life & Health (10/7)
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Premiums remain steady on exchange-sold plans in Idaho
The average premium for Idaho's benchmark plan -- the second-most expensive silver-tier plan -- will remain $233 for 2015, though consumers in some counties will see higher premiums, and those in other counties will see lower premiums. Nine carriers will offer a combined 198 health and dental plans on the exchange. The Idaho Statesman (Boise) (10/8)
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Va. Chamber of Commerce establishes private exchange
The Virginia Chamber of Commerce is launching an insurance marketplace called Virginia Benefits Market from which employees can choose health, dental, vision, life, critical care and disability coverage. Employers will choose the plans available to their workers and provide a defined contribution toward the purchase of coverage. The move allows small businesses access to a benefits approach that is gaining ground among larger employers. Daily Press (Newport News/Hampton, Va.) (free content) (10/7)
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Ala. judge upholds teeth-whitening restrictions
An Alabama law banning nondentists from providing teeth-whitening services is constitutional, according to a ruling by 10th Judicial Circuit Court Judge Elisabeth French. Critics of the ruling said teeth-whitening products are safe, but dentists charge far more than nondentists for the service. AL.com (Alabama) (10/3)
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EPA proposes rules to reduce mercury waste from dental offices
The Environmental Protection Agency proposed new rules that would require dental offices to capture mercury-containing amalgam instead of releasing it to the waste water system. About 40% of U.S. dental offices already use amalgam separators or other methods to capture mercury-containing materials, according to an EPA news release. HealthDay News (10/6)
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Study shows tobacco use may raise oral HPV infection risk
Smoking, chewing and snorting tobacco were all associated with greater odds of infection with oral human papillomavirus type 16, which can cause mouth and throat cancers, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The risk of being infected with the virus increased as the number of cigarettes smoked per day increased, researchers said. HealthDay News (10/7)
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Oct. 16 webinar: dental spending and dental care utilization
Please join NADP and Dr. Marko Vujicic next Thursday for a webinar exploring dental care utilization over the past decade. The analysis provides separate insights for adults and children. Explore recent findings with Vujicic, who is an American Dental Association vice president, and who has been one of our top presenters at CONVERGE. For more information and to register, visit the NADP Knowledge Center.
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NADP publishes Network Statistics Report
The NADP/DDPA Network Statistics Report is now available on the NADP website. 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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