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California dental benefits plans asked to issue partial premium refunds due to their 'substantial net profits' California dental benefits plans asked to issue partial premium refunds due to their 'substantial net profits'

California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara last Wednesday issued a notice to California health insurance and specialized health insurance companies, including 55 dental benefits companies, requesting that they “provide their policyholders with a partial premium refund no later than December 31, 2020.

Gov. Newsom unveils deep cuts in 2020-21 state budget revisions Gov. Newsom unveils deep cuts in 2020-21 state budget revisions

Gov. Gavin Newsom today laid out a new 2020-21 California budget proposal that slashes billions of dollars in spending in an effort to tackle a massive $54 billion deficit. During the COVID-19 pandemic, California’s revenues plummeted, wiping out the state’s $6 billion surplus.

New teledentistry reimbursement available to Medi-Cal Dental providers during COVID-19 crisis New teledentistry reimbursement available to Medi-Cal Dental providers during COVID-19 crisis

Medi-Cal Dental providers can now submit claims and be reimbursed for patient consultations by telephone or livestreaming video, DHCS announced in a special edition of its April Provider Bulletin. CDA advocated for DHCS to implement the policy to assist California dentists.