California is continuing to move forward with the transition of 875,000 children currently enrolled in the Healthy Families Program (HFP) to the Medi-Cal program, which is expected to begin on Jan. 1. For many months, advocates were pushing for the delay of the transition, but recently, many of those advocates have sensed the inevitability of the transition. The focus of many organizations has turned to ensuring the transition goes smoothly for families and on monitoring access to care as the transition occurs.
A CDA Cares clinic is scheduled for May 18-19 at the San Jose Convention Center. At the clinic, dentists and dental professionals will provide cleanings, fillings, extractions, oral health education and assistance in finding a dental home to Californians who experience barriers to care.
While many key provisions of the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA) do not take effect until 2014, one element is scheduled to take effect Jan. 1, barring any last-minute change – a 2.3 percent excise tax on “medical devices” that include many dental products such as equipment and prostheses.
Nonmembers can experience one of the biggest benefits of CDA membership by attending CDA Presents in Anaheim for only $75. Nonmembers who take advantage of this offer will save $815 and gain access to world-class speakers, numerous C.E. opportunities and an extensive tradeshow.
Earlier this year, Gov. Jerry Brown proposed and the Legislature approved the transition of all 875,000 of the children currently enrolled in the Healthy Families Program to the Medi-Cal program, which includes coverage for medical, vision, as well as their dental care. CDA has prepared this information for members about the transition.
Like many people, you may be relieved that the endless election season is over, and that TV commercial breaks are no longer filled with campaign rhetoric. Nevertheless, elections have consequences, and so I would like to provide a sense of how the results of the 2012 national and state campaigns will impact the legislative environment for CDA in 2013.
The CDA House of Delegates last month took action on several resolutions related to social media marketing and fee splitting in the dental practice. At its meeting in Newport Beach, the House voted in favor of modifying the CDA Code of Ethics to include an advisory opinion on split fees in advertising and marketing services.
Delta Dental of California has donated $25,000 toward the Foundation’s CDA Cares clinics. Delta Dental of California, the state’s largest dental health plan, made the donation in an effort to help people who have been affected by California’s budget cuts, specifically to the dental safety net.
Von Chan, DDS, believes a well-functioning dental practice is comprised of employees who are highly trained and motivated to keep learning, and that is why she takes her entire staff to CDA Presents The Art and Science of Dentistry. “A highly trained staff is much more efficient and much more knowledgeable when talking to patients regarding their treatment,” said Chan, who practices in Petaluma.
As part of its continued efforts to keep members up-to-date on the changing landscape of the dental benefits industry, CDA invited three experts in the field to speak to the 2012 House of Delegates last month.
February’s National Children’s Dental Health Month and Give Kids a Smile — an annual one-day volunteer initiative to provide free dental screenings, treatment and education to underserved children — are approaching. Registration is under way for the ADA-sponsored event to be held on Feb. 1, 2013.
Legislation defining California’s Essential Health Benefits, which federal health care reform requires to include pediatric oral health benefits, has been signed by Gov. Jerry Brown. SB 951 by Sen. Ed Hernandez (D-Los Angeles) and AB 1453 by Assemblyman Bill Monning (D-Santa Cruz), chairs of the Senate and Assembly Health Committees respectively, define the health, vision and pediatric dental benefits that will be offered through California’s Health Benefit Exchange as part of its implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).