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January 24, 2013
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News affecting dental benefits

  Industry News 
  • NADP: Millions of parents might drop dental coverage under ACA
    About 10 to 12 million adults might drop dental insurance when their children obtain separate coverage under provisions in the Affordable Care Act, NADP Executive Director Evelyn Ireland said. "Our studies show that when children's coverage is separated from their parents in the small group market, as many as half of the parents that are currently insured may drop their dental coverage for economic reasons," Ireland said. "So they may decide to get their kids' teeth fixed instead. And studies show if adults don't have coverage, they don't go to the dentist as often." Ireland also noted that families may be forced to use different providers for their children. DrBicuspid.com (free registration) (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Coalition urges HHS to keep essential health benefits affordable
    The Essential Health Benefits Coalition, whose members include NADP, has urged HHS to keep affordability for small businesses in mind when setting essential health benefits. “We think the administration in its final rule should focus on allowing more private-sector strategies to achieve greater benefit value and affordability and again avoid including benefits that are not commonly offered today,” said coalition Chairman Neil Trautwein. “If they're not commonly offered today, there's a reason and a rationale why they're not offered.” The final rule is expected within the first quarter. Modern Healthcare (free registration) (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Stressed Medi-Cal dental program faces influx of new patients
    A million more California children will soon be eligible for dental care under Medicaid, called Medi-Cal, further pressuring an already overburdened system, a report by The Children's Partnership says. The state is closing its Healthy Families insurance program for low-income children and transitioning them to Medi-Cal. The state should raise reimbursement rates for care, expand dental hygienists' scope of practice, educate the public about the availability of benefits and simplify the process of enrolling in Medi-Cal dental programs, the report's authors say. KPCC-FM (Los Angeles) (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Is Pricing Low Your Strategy to Success? Think again.
Pricing is the heart of a business. It affects everything you do and is affected by everything you do. Economists talk of supply and demand as key factors behind pricing—successful entrepreneurs manipulate demand by making their products more desirable. These six steps will help you determine the right price for your product or service, read the article and learn how to get pricing right.

  Oral Health 
 
  • Study links depression and TMJ pain
    Patients with pain from temporomandibular joint disorder are more likely to have symptoms of depression than patients who are free of the condition, a study published in The Journal of Pain found. The research did not demonstrate a causal relationship, but the authors speculate that mental health disorders could increase activity in the muscles of the jaw, causing inflammation and pain. HealthDay News (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Transformational Journeys: Modern Business Planning
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  NADP News 
  • NADP/LIMRA release Administrative Metric Report
    The current business environment – a weak economy, high price sensitivity and health care reform requirements – highlight the importance of effective management of administrative components of dental plans. Insightful data from the NADP/LIMRA 2011 U.S. Group Dental Administrative Metrics report can help you sharpen your competitive edge in this business environment. In addition to recredentialing and recruitment data, the report includes administrative metrics regarding ID cards, Certificates of Coverage and document delivery; provider credentialing (timing and documentation); and provider directories updates and provider network updates. It is available for purchase via the Report Vault page of the NADP website. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Advance your career with NADP webinars on demand
    Did you miss a 2012 NADP Webinar you wanted to attend? Take advantage of NADP On-Demand Webinars featuring valuable presentations focusing on topics such preparing for Exchanges; what changing demographics mean for your business; the future of employer sponsored coverage; and innovation necessary to thrive in a changing marketplace. With NADP’s On-Demand Webinars, insightful content is available 24/7. Register in the On-Demand section of the NADP Webinar page. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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An exaggeration is a truth that has lost its temper."
--Kahlil Gibran,
Lebanese-American artist, poet and writer


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