‘Thrilled to speak on behalf of my school, dental professionals and Californians’

“There is a quote I love that reads, ‘If you’re not at the table, you’re on the menu,’” says Barbara…

April 2, 2024 |Access to Care, Dental Benefit Plans, Dental Plan Reform, Legislation, News Articles

CDA-sponsored bill protects California dentists from predatory virtual credit cards

CDA this week made the next move in its broad-reaching, long-term campaign for dental benefit plan reform with the introduction…

February 20, 2024 |Advocacy, Dental Plan Reform, Legislation, News Articles

Recapping dental plan reform legislation: Here are 10 laws sponsored by CDA

Two CDA-sponsored bills signed into law this year are the latest legislative outcomes to benefit California dentists and their patients, but these successful reform efforts follow several successful bills sponsored by CDA in recent years as part of a multi-year, multi-pronged strategy.

November 16, 2023 |Advocacy, Dental Benefit Plans, Dental Plan Reform, Legislation, News Articles

Tackling the dental assistant shortage: CDA resources, support and legislative action

The shortage of dental assistants impacts the productivity of the total practice. CDA members benefit from easy-to-implement training programs and staffing support plus legislative advocacy pursued on behalf of California practices.

October 26, 2023 |Advocacy, Education and Events, Legislation, News Articles, Online Learning, Public Health, Staffing & Training

Governor signs second CDA-sponsored dental plan reform bill in 2023

In another legislative victory for California dentists and their patients, Gov. Gavin Newsom last night signed the latest CDA-sponsored bill strengthening dental plan coverage requirements and transparency. 

October 9, 2023 |Advocacy, Dental Benefit Plans, Dental Plan Reform, Legislation, News Articles

Measure to secure permanent new Medi-Cal funding qualifies for November ballot

A coalition of health care organizations including CDA has filed a ballot measure for the November 2024 election to protect and expand funding for California’s Medi-Cal program, improving access to care for generations to come.

September 14, 2023 |Advocacy, Dental Plan Reform, Legislation, Medi-Cal/Denti-Cal, News Articles

CDA-sponsored bill signed into law, improves dental plan disclosures for dentists, patients

In a victory for California dentists and their patients, Gov. Newsom has signed CDA-sponsored legislation that will help dental offices communicate the details of dental plan coverage to their patients. Plans also will be required to disclose whether a patient’s plan is state or federally regulated.

August 3, 2023 |Advocacy, Billing, Contracts and Fees, Dental Plan Reform, Legislation, News Articles

Virtual membership meeting highlights CDA’s efforts to ease members’ dental plan challenges

In a live virtual meeting on May 10, members learned about CDA’s litigation against Delta Dental of California and key legislation to improve dental plan transparency and coverage. The presenters also highlighted tools and resources available to CDA members to help ease dental plan frustrations and challenges. 

May 25, 2023 |Advocacy, Delta Dental, Dental Benefit Plans, Dental Plan Reform, Legislation, News Articles

California dental students advocate at state Capitol to address workforce shortages, protect patient access

For the first time since 2019, California dental students were able to meet in person with legislative staff and have a meet-and-greet with Assemblymember Jim Wood, DDS, at the state Capitol as part of CDA’s Grassroots Advocacy Days.

May 1, 2023 |Access to Care, Advocacy, Legislation, News Articles, Students

CDA-sponsored bills seek more protections, increased oversight of dental insurance

Two CDA-sponsored bills introduced this month, including one authored by Assemblymember Jim Wood, DDS, continue CDA’s legislative efforts to hold dental insurance plans accountable and move toward more meaningful dental coverage.

February 23, 2023 |Advocacy, Dental Benefit Plans, Dental Plan Reform, Legislation, News Articles

CDA-sponsored legislation tackles California’s dental workforce shortages

Legislation introduced this month tackles California’s dental assistant workforce shortage on two fronts – both by updating scope of practice and creating new pathways to licensure, including by shortening the current required on-the-job training.

February 16, 2023 |Advocacy, Legislation, News Articles, Staffing & Training

CDA supports medical loss ratio ballot measure in Massachusetts

Update 11/9/22: The CDA-endorsed ballot measure in Massachusetts – Question 2 – passed in Tuesday's election and will require dental insurance companies to spend at least 83% of premium dollars collected on dental services as opposed to using the money for administrative costs and executive compensation.

October 5, 2022 |Advocacy, Dental Benefit Plans, Dental Plan Reform, Legislation, News Articles