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Welcome to the Indiana Dental Association online newsroom. We are pleased to bring you the latest dentistry and oral health updates in Indiana and across the country. For more information, or to share news, contact Karen Scharf, Director of Communications, at Karen@INDental.org.


Past President Dr. Lloyd J. Phillips dies at 89

1/18/2012

Dr. Lloyd J. Phillips, a past IDA president from 1979 to 1980, died Jan. 15 in Indianapolis. He was 89. In the IDA, he was a past president (1979-80) and a past secretary. He also served on several committees and councils. 

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 coincides with IDA Dental Day at the Capitol.

Update: Fraudulent ADA dues billing reported

1/9/2012

If you recently received a membership renewal communication by fax, take a closer look. A number of member and nonmember dentists have contacted the IDA regarding the faxes, which have now been confirmed as fraudulent.

Dr. Michael Rader: Thoughts on Mentoring

12/15/2011

Have we lost the collegiality that marked dentistry as a welcoming and nurturing profession? The future of any profession rests in the next generation. Invest in the future of dentistry by inviting the new dentist in town to lunch and offer your support.

Fundraisers held for House candidate

12/14/2011

“If it weren’t for the dentists in Indiana who have helped support my campaign, I would be in a far less promising position,” said Dr. Zent. “There are many colleagues who have expressed serious interest in having a fellow dentist in the legislature. I believe this would be a huge win for the Indiana Dental Association and dentistry.”

Sen. Dan Coats addresses IDA concerns

12/12/2011

The Indiana Dentist recently had the opportunity to ask U.S. Sen. Dan Coats (R-Ind.) six key advocacy questions currently on the minds of IDA members. In the interview Sen. Coats outlined how current state and national legislation impacts the dental profession.

Licensure renewal deadlines set for March 1

12/9/2011

The Indiana State Board of Dentistry requires Indiana-licensed dentists and hygienists to renew their licenses biannually. Indiana study clubs must also renew their standing with the Board of Dentistry during the 2012 licensure renewal cycle.

IDA introduces Fair Dental Care Act

12/7/2011

The IDA is taking a new approach to Assignment of Benefits and Non-Covered Services advocacy. Due to concern about the AOB legislation’s affect on health insurance premiums, the IDA will be supporting a “dental only” bill that will address dental assignment concerns without impacting other health care providers. 

Allcare Dental files Chapter 7 bankruptcy

11/29/2011

Allcare Dental Management, Inc., and 14 related companies have filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of New York in Buffalo, New York. A Chapter 7 bankruptcy case is a liquidation. The Allcare companies previously operated dental clinics at multiple locations in 13 states, including Indiana.

Federal court throws out adult Medicaid cap

11/15/2011

An Indiana federal judge has ruled on a class action lawsuit that the state must fully cover dental services that are medically necessary for Medicaid participants. The decision affirms the Indiana Dental Association’s position that a $1,000 cap on Medicaid is a hindrance to Medicaid patients seeking dental care. 

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