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Senate hearing set for Fair Dental Care Act

1/17/2012

The Indiana Senate Health and Provider Services Committee will hear testimony regarding the Fair Dental Care Act (Senate Bill 303) on Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012, at 9 a.m. EST.

Members and patients will testify on behalf of the IDA at the hearing, which also coincides with Dental Day at the Capitol, the IDA's annual legislative gathering of members at the Statehouse.


What is in the Fair Dental Care Act?

The bill contains three concepts: a dental only assignment of benefit law, a ban against dental insurance companies setting fees for non-covered services and coordination of benefit language that ensures that patients who pay for two insurance products can use those benefits.


Who is supporting the Fair Dental Care Act?

We are on our own with this issue. It is a bill we are fighting for to instill fairness in coverage and payment under dental insurance plans


Who is against the Fair Dental Care Act?

  • America’s Health Insurance Plans
  • Delta Dental
  • United Health Care
  • The Indiana State Chamber of Commerce

Based on years passed with Assignment of Benefit and Non-Covered Services we face opposition from:

  • Labor Unions Generally, Specifically opposed by the AFL-CIO and the UAW.


What Can I Do?

The IDA urges all members and other Indiana dental advocates to take the following steps to help support Senate Bill 303:

  • Sign up for IDA Legislative Alerts (click here) so the IDA can prompt you to let you know when your voice is needed. You'll also receive in-the-moment updates from the Statehouse regarding progress of the Fair Dental Care Act.

  • Contact your legislator (click here) and express your support for Senate Bill 303.
  • MEMBERS ONLY: Download the official talking points so you can more effectively interact with your legislators on behalf of the IDA (click here).

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