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Charitable Care Presentation to House HHS Committee

May 10, 2010

Rep. Jim Riesberg, chair of the House Health and Human Services (HHS) Committee, asked the CDA’s help in organizing a presentation on the low cost and charitable dental options that are currently available to Coloradans.  On Thursday, April 8, the CDA – along with select dental charities – met with the House HHS Committee to provide information and resources on the topic. 

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Member Spotlight: Dr Walter Schneider

May 10, 2010

Schneiderwit kidsLocated in rural southern Tanzania, Songea is an impoverished, remote district about 60 miles north of the Mozambique border. In November 2009, Longmont dentist Dr. Walter Schneider spent two weeks in Songea providing free dental care in a clinic run by Miracle Corners of the World, a nonprofit organization based in New York. Working with a local dental therapist and an assistant, he provided restorations, extractions and preventive care for both children and adults. In addition, he updated the staff in diagnosis, restorative techniques and infection control procedures.

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House of Delegates to Consider 2010-2011 Budget

May 10, 2010

On June 11, the CDA’s governing body, the House of Delegates, will consider the 2010-2011 budget.  The proposed budget includes a $14 dues increase.  Dues for the CDA have not been changed since 2001, which would make this adjustment the first increase in a decade.  The CDA works hard to maintain a budget with limited financial impact on members.  After nearly 10 years, this increase was proposed so we can continue to offer high quality member services to benefit our dentists.

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HB1234 Defeated

May 10, 2010
Bill Required U.S. Licensure for Claims Denials

Thanks to all CDA members who wrote their legislators regarding HB 1234, the bill that would require denials of insurance claims be made by U.S. licensed healthcare practitioners who have expertise in the specialty or field involved in the claim.  The CDA got involved with this bill after learning that a major insurer is planning to outsource the processing of dental claims to an office in India.  HB 1234 would have provided some basic protections to ensure that claims processors are appropriately trained and that Coloradans receive quality care.

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Your Support Needed for House Bill 1234

April 9, 2010

Just this week, the CDA learned that a major insurer plans to outsource the processing of dental claims to an office in India

Dentists have expressed concern about the effects of this policy, including the fact that education and training of dentists in India is vastly different from that in the U.S. Denials of coverage can often equate to denials of care, and it is critical that those who make these decisions be appropriately qualified. 

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