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1. House bill would allow out-of-network dental care

NADP SmartBrief | Apr 02, 2015

Members of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce are considering a bill sponsored by dentist Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Ariz., that would allow people to use dentists who are not in their insurance plan network. (free registration) (03/30)

2. Final rule spells out excepted benefits under ACA

NADP SmartBrief | Mar 19, 2015

Final regulations establish four categories of excepted benefits under the Affordable Care Act. The categories cover benefits that offer some medical coverage although they aren't typically considered health coverage, such as workers' compensation; limited benefits such as dental and long-term care insurance; coverage not coordinated with medical insurance, such as that for specific diseases; and supplemental medical coverage. The rules also address wraparound coverage limits and pilot programs for wraparound coverage. Employee Benefit News (03/18)

3. Insurance exchanges see strong demand for dental plans from young adults

NADP SmartBrief | Mar 26, 2015

Many young adults purchased a standalone dental plan in 2014 from a publicly run exchange despite the lack of either an Affordable Care Act mandate for adults to have dental insurance or subsidies to help pay premiums, write Andrew Snyder and Keerti Kanchinadam, with the National Academy for State Health Policy. "This highlights the potentially strong role for health insurance marketplaces to close the dental coverage gap," they write. Health Affairs Blog (03/24)

4. CEO of Delta Dental of Calif. to step down, oversee Mexico and Puerto Rico units

NADP SmartBrief | Mar 19, 2015

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5. Delta Dental hires new corporate communications director

NADP SmartBrief | Apr 02, 2015

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6. Mass. dentist to pay $750K in Medicaid fraud case

NADP SmartBrief | Apr 02, 2015

Dentist Jennifer Lee agreed to pay $750,000 to settle charges that she billed Medicaid for palliative emergency treatment of minor dental pain when the services provided did not meet the code criteria. Lee operates Quincy, Mass.,-based Wollaston Dental Care and Maiden-based Alpine Dental. American City Business Journals (03/31)

7. Emergency departments see uptick in people seeking dental care

NADP SmartBrief | Mar 26, 2015

The number of people seeking emergency department care for dental problems is growing at a faster pace than patients seeking emergency care for other problems, according to a Health Policy Institute study. For example, patients seeking care at Wisconsin emergency departments for nontraumatic dental problems grew 20% from 2006 to 2010, state data show. Superior Telegram (Wis.) (03/24)

8. DentaQuest announces new CIO

NADP SmartBrief | Mar 19, 2015

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9. Patient data compromised in Advantage Dental breach

NADP SmartBrief | Mar 19, 2015

The personal information of over 150,000 Advantage Dental patients was accessed by a hacker between Feb. 23 and Feb. 26, according to the Oregon company. Information including home addresses and Social Security numbers was compromised, but so far, there have been no reports of identity theft. Advantage is enhancing security, informing patients of the breach, and offering credit monitoring and other services to assist clients. Register-Guard (Eugene, Ore.), The (03/17)

10. Steve Pollock promoted to president and CEO at DentaQuest

NADP SmartBrief | Apr 09, 2015

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