Action for Dental Health Act is now law T

he Action for Dental Health Act, legisla- tion aimed at improving oral health and

2019 Legislative Agenda Items

Medicaid Funding – Increase Provider Reimbursement Rates: MDA will support legislation that would increase the rate at which the state reimburses dental Medicaid providers.

Medicaid Funding – Maintain/ Increase Current Funding for Adult Dental Services: MDA will support legislation that would maintain or increase funding for Adult Dental Medicaid Services.

State Dental Director Funding: MDA will support efforts to restore funding in the state budget for the State Dental Director.

Donated Dental Services/Elks Mobile Dental Programs: MDA will support efforts for obtaining continued funding in the state budget for the Dental Lifeline Network Donated Dental Services Program and for the Elks Mobile Dental Programs.

Insurance Reimbursement Methods: HB 492 is language the MDA filed (sponsored by Rep. Mike Henderson, District 117) that would allow healthcare providers to choose the method in which they are reimbursed and prohibit insurance companies from requiring electronic payments, in which providers have to pay a percentage.

Prior Authorization/Claims Denials: The MDA has collaborated with other healthcare providers to file language (pending a bill number assignment and sponsor) that would prohibit dental carriers from denying payment on claims that have received prior authorization.

access to oral health care, was signed into law by President Trump on December 11. The Act will allow organizations to qualify for oral health grants to support activities that improve oral health education and dental dis- ease prevention. It also will enable groups to develop/expand programs to facilitate estab- lishing dental homes for children and adults, including the elderly, blind and disabled. Specifically, the legislation is designed to:  Improve oral health education and dental disease prevention;

 Reduce use of emergency rooms for dental care;

 Help patients establish dental homes;  Reduce barriers, including language and cultural, to receiving care; and,

 Facilitate dental care to nursing home residents.

In related news, this past December, Jennifer Fisher, ADA senior lobbyist, was named one of Washington, D.C.’s top lobbyists by The

Hill. The award recognizes the most distin- guished and accomplished professionals who are on the front lines of the nation’s most consequential political and policy battles.

“I’m grateful for this honor and the opportu- nity to serve an organization that empowers dental professionals to achieve optimal oral health for all,” Fisher said. “The outstanding work of ADA member dentists makes me proud to advocate in this role.” Since joining the ADA in 2006, Jennifer has promoted oral health legislative priorities to Capitol Hill. These efforts include the newly signed Action for Dental Health Act.

Michael Graham, ADA senior vice president of government and public affairs, said this honor is well deserved. “Jennifer is effec- tive at sharing dentistry’s story and detailing how the ADA continues to work to improve America’s oral health, particularly among the most vulnerable populations in our country.”

For more information visit action-for-dental-health.

You can contribute more to your retirement if you are turning 50?

In your 401(k) you can contribute $6,000 more than others starting the year you turn 50. Individual Retirement Plans (IRA) normally are limited to $6,000 but if you are 50 or older, you can contribute an extra $1,000.

Call MDIS to learn more about retirement plan strategies.

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