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October 25, 2012
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News affecting dental benefits

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  • ACA could shake up the dental benefits market
    The Affordable Care Act could encourage some small businesses to drop health coverage and let employees purchase individual insurance policies through exchanges, some experts say. About 55% of consumers surveyed by the NADP said they would be very likely or likely to buy dental coverage through an exchange, and of those, 65% said they would choose a low-cost plan that covered preventive care only. National Underwriter Life & Health (10/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Seniors' dental care utilization resists income fluctuations
    Older adults are less likely to see the dentist when household wealth falls by 50% or more, a study published in the Journal of Public Health Dentistry found. Researchers surveyed Americans age 51 and older in 2006 and 2008 and found that moderate changes in household income or wealth did not significantly affect dental care utilization. United Press International (10/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Ore. seeks public comment on dentists' role in CCOs
    A public comment period is open through Nov. 30 on Oregon's plan to integrate dental care into coordinated care organizations. Two lawmakers and a dental clinic executive petitioned the state to keep dental care and CCOs separate until 2017, allowing CCOs to provide dental care only through existing organizations instead of contracting with dentists. The Oregonian (Portland) (10/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Oral Health 
  • ICDAS score helps predict which tooth lesions will become cavities
    Tooth lesions that are active and score higher than 1 on the International Caries Detection and Assessment System are most likely to develop into cavities in the absence of preventive measures such as sealants or fluoride treatments, a study published in the Journal of Dental Research found. "Now dentists can have more certainty about what path to take because of what we learned," said lead author Andrea Ferreira Zandona, DDS. (free registration) (10/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Nov. 13 webinar explores shift to direct-to-consumer shift
    With PPACA and health care reform on the horizon, and with the emergence of and growth of state exchanges, the question arises: Will the dental market move from being more employer-based to a more direct-to-consumer market? And if so, what will be the best dental products available to this market? Join NADP Nov. 13 at 1:00 PM Central to explore viable discount dental solutions, discount products with an HSA component and various other insured dental options that will be relevant in the new world of health care. For more details and registration information, visit the Webinars page of the NADP website. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Discover consumers’ perceptions regarding dental benefits with Consumer Survey
    As dental plans prepare to market in state Exchanges, the NADP 2012 Consumer Survey: Dental Health and Health Care Reform offers invaluable insight regarding consumers’ attitudes, perceptions, attitudes and satisfaction regarding dental coverage. The study also provides market intelligence about the effects of health care reform on the future purchase of dental coverage for consumers. The Survey includes updates from the 2007 Consumer Survey plus additional questions to reflect current issues, primarily health care reform. Key survey findings are provided in the four categories: Oral Health Behaviors, Dental Benefits, Dental Provider Relationships and the Affordable Care Act. It is available for purchase via the Report Vault page of the NADP website. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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