CDA is encouraging dentists to contact dental plans and stress the importance of providing meaningful relief as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to threaten the sustainability of dental practices.
While some dental plans offered a limited supplemental reimbursement to network providers last summer and fall, those efforts fell well short of fully compensating dentists for the actual costs of PPE per patient. All dental plan supplemental reimbursements to dentists expired as of Dec. 31, 2020, yet the pandemic continues into 2021 and the expense for additional PPE in dental practices remains a huge concern.
CDA continues to advocate for dental plans operating within the state to provide reasonable economic relief to their provider networks to address the increased cost of care and ensure network adequacy for dental plan enrollees. These efforts include pursuing a legislative solution that would require plans to support practices during state and public health emergencies such as the COVID-19 pandemic. Dental plans have a responsibility to maintain a robust provider network and should provide assistance to distressed providers through various means such as grants, increased rates, forgivable no-interest loans, or payments for increased costs of mandatory infection control measures.
Send a letter to each of the major dental plans in California with which you are a contracted provider. You will need to send the letter to each company individually. Click on the plan name on the right side of this page to get started. You may edit the letter to add your personal story if you wish.
Thank you for supporting this effort to protect dental practices during the pandemic.