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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

Oppose efforts to reduce ranks for military dental officers


The Senate Armed Services Committee passed a bill that would reduce the ranks of military dental officers, endangering the continuation of quality service and harming dental officer recruitment and retention efforts.

The American Dental Association Welcomes Ruth Lipman, Ph.D., as Director, Scientific Information


Dr. Ruth Lipman has accepted the role of Director, Scientific Information for The American Dental Association (ADA). Dr. Lipman will manage the development, review and publication of objective scientific information.

Prescriptive Supervision Updates Take Effect July 1


In 2014, the Indiana General Assembly approved legislation that allows, under certain circumstances, dental hygienists to practice under "prescriptive supervision." The 2015 legislation clarified aspects of the 2014 bill.

ADA Applauds Final Announcement on Optimal Fluoride Level in Drinking Water


The ADA commended the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for announcing the final recommendation for the optimal level of fluoride in community water systems.  The recommended ratio of fluoride to water, newly calibrated at 0.7 parts per million, results from years of scientifically rigorous analysis of the amount of fluoride people receive from all sources.

$50,000 Donation to Support Free Dental Event


Indianapolis IN, April 9, 2015 – The Delta Dental Foundation presented a donation of $50,000 to the Indiana Dental Association Foundation for Dental Health (IFDH) to support the IndianaMOM Mission of Mercy charitable dental event.

Correction regarding HIP State Plan – Basic copayments for Dental Services


HIP State Plan – Basic members are subject to a $4 outpatient copay per service. If more than one service is rendered on a single DOS, a copayment will be assessed for each service.

How Those Affected By Cyber Attack On Anthem Can Get Identity Theft Repair & Credit Monitoring Services


Current and former Anthem members dating back to 2004 are being offered identity repair assistance and credit monitoring services via starting at 2 p.m. ET on Friday, Feb. 13, 2015.

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield warns of “phishing” scam


Indianapolis - Indiana residents who may have been impacted by the cyber-attack against Anthem should be aware of scam email campaigns targeting current and former Anthem members.

HIP Guidance Offered to Dental Providers


IHCP releases a reference guide to the dental benefits covered under the HIP plan options.

Quick Reference Guide For Dental Providers Under The Healthy Indiana Plan


The recent roll out of HIP 2.0 Plus has generated a lot of questions that we do not yet have answers for. To address some of these concerns, Jim Gavin of FSSA has presented the following quick HIP reference guide for dental providers. We will continue to provide new information as we receive it.

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