Advocacy

CDA has a dedicated team of professionals whose sole purpose is to advocate for the profession and for patients. In recent years, CDA has successfully sponsored new laws improving dentists’ and patients’ rights in working with their dental benefit plans.CDA fought all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court to successfully challenge Medi-Cal rate reductions that were reducing access to care for the underserved. CDA also helped prevent nearly one million children being transitioned from the Healthy Families to Denti-Cal from being forced into under-performing managed care plans. As the Affordable Care Act nears full implementation, CDA is working every day to ensure that quality oral health care benefits will be available for adults, as well as children. These are just some examples of how CDA works for you.

Dental Benefits - CDA Action and Member Resources

The California dental benefits marketplace is shifting rapidly as a consequence of broad market forces as well as the potential implications of national health care reform. CDA is taking action to better understand the issues, to help dentists navigate in a changing environment, and to help sustain the financing and delivery systems in which dentists can most effectively provide quality oral health care to their patients.

In the News
CDA urges "No" vote on Proposition 46

10/28/2014
The statewide election is Tuesday, Nov. 4, and CDA needs your help in our final push to defeat Proposition 46. The ballot measure will make malpractice lawsuits against dentists and other health care providers more lucrative, significantly increasing liability insurance costs and threatening patients’ access to care. We have just one more week to go. Please turn in your vote-by-mail ballot or go to the polls next Tuesday and continue to help us inform voters about the dangers of Proposition 46.

 

State recruits for new dental director position

10/20/2014
The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has formally announced its search for a state dental director, posting the job description on its website. The recruitment for a state dental director comes more than 15 years after the post went unfilled due to a lack of funding and focus, and is a major achievement for the state’s oral health program and access to care planning goals.

 

Covered California changes dental benefits

10/17/2014
As California approaches the second full year of implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), California’s Health Benefit Exchange Board, responsible for Covered California, the state’s online insurance marketplace and for the overall implementation of the ACA in California, has announced some changes to how dental benefits will be offered in 2015.

 

Provider reimbursement cuts announced by Anthem

10/16/2014
CDA has learned that Anthem Blue Cross has sent notices to more than 7,000 California dentists in various geographical areas announcing a “fee adjustment” in a number of regions. This “adjustment” appears to be scheduled to go into effect Jan. 1, 2015. Anthem is making other amendments to the Anthem Participating Dentist agreements as well, which apparently will be summarized on a CD to be enclosed with the notice.

 

Hydrocodone schedule change now in effect

10/08/2014
Dentists are reminded that starting Oct. 6, hydrocodone combination products such as Vicodin and Norco are classified as Schedule II drugs and require Schedule II authority to prescribe. CDA reminds dentists to visit the DEA’s website to ensure their registration is up-to-date. Pharmacists will be checking the website for proper authority before filling Schedule II prescriptions. Dentists whose registration status is not updated should anticipate receiving pharmacists’ phone calls prior to filling prescriptions for Vicodin, Norco or similar products.

 

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