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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

Sen. Dan Coats addresses IDA concerns


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


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


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


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


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. 

Dental school faculty receive IDA awards


The Indiana Dental Association presented awards to Drs. Jack Windsor and Laura Romito at the Indiana University School of Dentistry Teaching Conference at McCormick's Creek State Park on Monday, October 17. Dr. Windsor received the IDA Outstanding Faculty Award, and Dr. Romito received the IDA Outstanding Teacher Award.

IDA launches online tools for councils, committees


As part of the IDA’s rollout of its new website, collaborative online tools are now available to councils, committees, the Board of Trustees, and the House of Delegates. Managed by IDA staff, the online pages will serve to improve effectiveness in planning meetings, provide a platform for posting minutes and meeting files, and enable interaction about topics in online forums.

IDA member announces candidacy for House seat


Dr. Dennis Zent, an Isaac Knapp District Dental Society member from Angola, announced he is a Republican candidate for the State Representative seat currently held by Rep. Dick Dodge (R-Ind.). Rep. Dodge recently informed constituents he would not be seeking reelection next year.

Trinity Free Clinic opens new facilities


The Trinity Free Clinic recently opened the doors of its new facilities in Carmel, Ind. Equipped with six operatories, the clinic is capable of seeing more patients and offering a broader spectrum of dental treatments. The Indiana Foundation for Dental Health donated $7,000 toward the new clinic.

Barriers to Case Acceptance


If your case acceptance isn’t where you’d like it to be, it’s natural to focus on the reasons patients give for delaying or declining care. Did you know, however, dentists and their teams can also create barriers to case acceptance? The good news is that these barriers, once you realize you have them, are easy to remove, providing a smooth path to patient case acceptance.

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