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 General Assembly adjourned Saturday, April 27 after passing the state budget. IDA supported SEA 590, the Omnibus Dental Practice Act Bill, is headed to the Governor's office for signature.
Within the next few months, Indiana Donated Dental Services (DDS) is expected to reach a milestone of $11 million in donated services since its inception in 1991. In the last fiscal year, more than 600 volunteer dentists and 180 laboratories provided $1.1 million in dental treatment.
Senate Bill 590, the IDA-supported bill that proposes multiple changes to the Dental Practice Act, passed out of the Senate Health and Provider Services Committee unanimously Wednesday, February 13. The bill now moves forward to be debated on the Senate floor.
“Give Kids a Smile” (GKAS) is a widely recognized national program that enables community members and dentists to offer free dental services to many underserved children. The program was adopted by the ADA in 2003 and has since served thousands of children's dental health needs.
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.