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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

Coordination of Benefit legislation joins AOB efforts


For the 2012 Legislative Session the IDA will seek a comprehensive coordination of dental benefits legislative proposal. This proposal will stand alongside the Association’s longstanding support of the passage of a comprehensive assignment of benefit law. 

IDA names Dr. Terry Schechner president


The IDA announced Dr. Terry Schechner, a pediatric dentist in Valparaiso, Ind.,  as its new president at the 2011 meeting of the House of Delegates. Dr. Schechner, who has practiced since 1985, has served in various IDA leadership roles, and presented his vision and goals for the coming year.

Patient Compensation Fund changes announced


The Indiana Department of Insurance (IDOI) has announced changes in the contribution formulas for dentist participants in the Patient Compensation Fund (PCF). The changes will mean decreased fund surcharges for most dentists, as the contribution changes to a flat rate of $530. 

153rd IDA Annual Session concludes


The Indiana Dental Association's 153rd Annual Session concluded at the historic French Lick Resort in French Lick, Ind. Events closed with the meeting of the IDA House of Delegates and Board of Trustees.

IDA recognizes Dr. Martin Szakaly's presidency


Dr. Martin Szakaly, 2010-2011 IDA president, concludes his term at the 153rd Annual Session in French Lick. A general dentist from South Bend, Ind., Dr. Szakaly has led a number of initiatives, including a new website and increased visibility for councils and committees.

New IDA website, online member center unveiled


After a year of research, planning and design, the Indiana Dental Association unveiled its new website,, on June 7, 2011. The new website will significantly enhance the Association's abilities to communicate with members and their patients.

Response to Pew report's failing grade for Indiana


In late May, the PEW Center on the States shocked many Hoosiers with its announcement that Indiana was one of five states with a failing grade when it comes to children’s dental health. Does Indiana deserve an F? Probably not. But there is no doubt that we are failing some of our kids.

IDA Coloring Contest announced


The IDA is looking for the state’s best coloring masterpieces! The theme for the contest is “The Power of a Smile.” Four talented entrants will be selected as winners, and their masterpieces will serve as cover art for the 2012 volume of Journal Indiana Dental Association.

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