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National Legislation and Legislation in Other States


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ADA 2018 Lobbying Highlights


The American Dental Association (ADA) is pleased that Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., and Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Ariz., introduced H.R. 1418, the “Competitive Health Insurance Reform Act.” This bipartisan legislation would help encourage more competition in the health insurance marketplace by providing that the full range of federal antitrust law applies to the health insurance industry.
The bill is also co-sponsored by Rep. Warren Davidson, R-Ohio, Rep. Scott DesJarlais, R-Tenn., Rep. John Garamendi, D-Calif., Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz., Rep. Stephen Lynch, D-Mass., Rep. Gregory Meeks, D-N.Y., Rep. Ralph Norman, R-S.C., and Rep. Ted Yoho, R-Fla.
On February 7, Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., and Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., introduced S. 350, the companion bill to the House’s recently introduced legislation. The ADA applauds this bipartisan effort of Congress to deal with this important issue of health care insurance reform.

Mccarren-Furgeson Press release

Other States

After nearly a decade since Hawaii Medicaid reduced adult dental benefits to emergency only, the Legislature is considering a bill package (SB 467 & HB 787) to expand the dental benefits for adult enrollees.  The bill would restore diagnostic, preventive, and restorative dental benefits.

A Kentucky bill would establish dental and optometric services for enrollees age 21 and over at the same level as dental and optometric services required by federal law for children.