Supreme Court upholds ACA tax credits for federal exchange | Report: Lack of dental care hurts economic well-being | Medicaid, ACA fall short on oral health coverage in Pa.
 
June 25, 2015
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Supreme Court upholds ACA tax credits for federal exchange
People who enroll in a health insurance plan are eligible for tax credits under the Affordable Care Act, regardless of whether they enrolled through HealthCare.gov or a state-run exchange, the Supreme Court ruled in the King v. Burwell case. The justices voted 6-3. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (6/25), The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (6/25)
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Report: Lack of dental care hurts economic well-being
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Access to affordable oral health care has not improved significantly over the past 15 years, and dental care is the most frequently cited type of health care Americans say they cannot obtain because of cost, according to a Federal Reserve report. The news comes 15 years after then-Surgeon General David Satcher's report on the nation's "silent epidemic" of oral diseases. Since then, the number of people living in areas with limited access to dentists has increased, nearly twice as many people seek emergency department care for dental problems and dental decay remains the primary chronic illness among children, though more children have dental benefits. The Huffington Post (6/22)
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Medicaid, ACA fall short on oral health coverage in Pa.
Pennsylvania expanded its Medicaid program to cover most low-income adults, and dental benefits include coverage for regular checkups, fillings and one set of dentures, but it does not routinely cover crowns or root canals. Dentists and patient advocates say the coverage is inadequate. Most health insurance plans sold through the Affordable Care Act exchange do not cover adult dental care, and no subsidies are offered for standalone plans. The Patriot-News (Harrisburg, Pa.) (6/23)
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ACA repeal would add to the budget deficit, CBO says
Repealing the Affordable Care Act would add either $137 billion or $353 billion to the federal budget deficit, depending on which accounting method is used, a Congressional Budget Office analysis found. ABC News/The Associated Press (6/20), The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (6/19)
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Survey: 14% would rather clean the toilet than floss
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Seven percent of Americans would rather hear fingernails on a chalkboard or listen to crying children than floss their teeth, a recent survey found. Nine percent would rather do their taxes or sit in traffic, and 14% would rather clean the toilet or wait in a checkout line. Flossing is easy when done correctly, says periodontist Joan Otomo-Corgel, and the American Dental Association has an online video and guide to proper technique. National Public Radio (6/24)
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Disparities in oral health care plague N.H., report says
Many New Hampshire residents are not getting needed dental care because of disparities in insurance coverage, geography and socioeconomic factors, according to a report by NH Kids Count and the University of New Hampshire. Oral health care has become disconnected from the rest of the health care system, and missing out on needed dental care affects systemic health, said NH Kids Count Policy Director Erika Argersinger. The report's authors suggest creating a midlevel provider category, implementing school-based sealant programs in some areas of the state and expanding the use of mobile dentistry units. Concord Monitor (N.H.) (tiered subscription model) (6/24)
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Connect with colleagues and leaders at CONVERGE 2015
Because NADP has a market share greater than 92%, the annual conference, CONVERGE 2015, is the place to connect with colleagues and leaders in the dental benefits industry. Take advantage of numerous networking opportunities including the Golf Tournament sponsored by Ameritas Life Insurance. The tournament is Sept. 28 at the J.W. Marriott Desert Springs Resort and Spa in Palm Desert, Calif. Registration for the tournament is $99. Sign up for this 18-hole scramble when you register for CONVERGE 2015, Sept. 28-Oct. 1.
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July 14 webinar will analyze Supreme Court decision on ACA subsidies
Join NADP and Cindy Gillespie of McKenna Long and Aldridge on July 14 at 2 p.m. EDT for an hourlong webinar, "Analyzing the Supreme Court Decision on ACA Subsidies." Register via the Knowledge Center on the NADP website.
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