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
Nov. 4 vote will impact your practice

08/26/2014
The campaign working to defeat Proposition 46 in November has ramped up its voter education activities by launching statewide television and radio ads to defeat the ballot initiative backed by trial lawyers. The No on 46 campaign is airing the ads in English and Spanish, highlighting the high cost of Proposition 46 — both in dollars and patient access to care — which would raise the cap on the state’s Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act (MICRA).

 

08/15/2014
In a new report from the ADA’s Health Policy Institute researchers found that the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) expanded dependent coverage provision increased dental insurance coverage for young adults. The report, published in Medical Care, set out to "assess the effect of the Affordable Care Act’s dependent coverage policy on private dental benefits coverage, utilization and financial barriers to dental care."

 

Covered California continues work to implement dental benefit

07/28/2014
While the Exchange has not yet released the number of pediatric dental benefit policies sold in its first open enrollment period, the agency continues to move forward with its plans for 2015. Medical plans as well as dental plans have submitted bids to the Exchange to participate and sell policies in 2015. Those bids are sealed, so we have little detailed information on them – including any dental plans that have asked to join the Exchange – but we know that the Exchange staff is actively negotiating with plans on the premium rates being offered by those hoping to sell products in the Exchange.

 

Arbitrators rule against Delta Dental's most recent motion

07/17/2014
In August 2013, CDA and several individual dentists filed a legal action against Delta Dental challenging, in part, its attempt to change Premier provider agreements. In response to this action, Delta filed a motion to dismiss the entire matter. After considering the motion, the arbitrators rejected Delta Dental's recent motion to dismiss the entire action, and found that there was sufficient evidence to allow the individual dentists to proceed on their claims that Delta's attempt to change key provisions of its participating dentist agreements violated the legal doctrine of "good faith and fair dealing." The decision will allow the arbitration to proceed.

 

No on 46 campaign gains momentum, allies

07/15/2014
The ballot measure that would quadruple the cap on non-economic damages under the Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act (MICRA) has been assigned a number, Proposition 46, for the upcoming November election, while the campaign against it is gaining more powerful allies. CDA and an expanding coalition of health care organizations and others are working to defeat Prop. 46 because it would have devastating effects on California’s health care system, increasing costs by billions of dollars annually.

 

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