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
The bill that would prohibit Preferred Provider Organizations (PPOs) from setting fees for dental services not covered in their policies has passed through the Indiana Senate and is awaiting a House committee hearing. Senate Bill 208 (SB 208), passed and will now proceed to the Indiana House.
The health insurance landscape is changing, and it's critical to be informed and prepared. A 50% health care tax credit, effective January 1, 2014, is only allowed to be claimed in two consecutive years. There are other phase-out measures within the Affordable Care Act language and the IRS guidelines.
The American Dental Association (ADA) has introduced the ADA® Dental Symptom Checker™ on MouthHealthy.org to provide patients with accurate information about their oral health symptoms and help them make better-informed decisions about their oral health.
As part of an effort to make member communications more effective, the Editorial Board and Council on Communications has now merged the printed newsletter into the printed Journal
and IDA website, effective the December issue of the newsletter.
Now that Election Day has passed, it is time to engage your representatives in the Statehouse. As the Indiana State Legislature welcomes 28 new faces in the upcoming legislative session, the time for IDA members to reach out on behalf of dentistry is now.
The IDA will pursue a number of legislative changes based on charges from the IDA House of Delegates. We have outlined a summary of the initiatives, for which we will need every member's voice and support in the 2013 Indiana General Assembly.
IDA representatives to the ADA House of Delegates engaged in debate over governance restructuring and finances at the October meeting in San Francisco. Ultimately, the current governance structure was left largely unchanged.
Effective the December issue of the Indiana Dentist, the IDA will no longer publish a printed bimonthly newsletter. Instead, news updates will be primarily distributed through a new biweekly IDA email update, with highlighted stories appearing in the IDA’s quarterly Journal
After a year-long evaluation and search, the IDA has found a new home for its Central Office. In early November, the office will relocate to Indianapolis' south side. Details are being finalized on the purchase of the two-story, 15,000 square foot building.
In 2012, the ADA, IDA and local dental societies started a Monthly Dues Program that allows members the convenience of paying annual dues for the current year in monthly installments. Should members enroll in this optional program, the IDA will deduct dues payments from your bank account each month.