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Take Action to Repeal Insurance Anti-Trust Exemptions

November 18, 2010

A bill before the U.S. Congress - H.R. 4626, the Health Insurance Fair Competition Act - would eliminate the McCarran-Ferguson antitrust exemption granted to the insurance industry nearly 65 years ago.  Earlier this year, the U.S. House passed H.R. 4626 on a 406-19 vote.  To see this bill signed into law, the Senate must act - and before Congress adjourns next month.  We need your help! Please write your senators today, asking that they quickly pass H.R. 4626, Health Insurance Fair Competition Act.

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Register for Give Kids a Smile Day 2011!

November 9, 2010

Last chance to sign-up for FREE product for your event!
 
Kids back in school and the end of the year means that it's time to register for Give Kids a Smile Day (GKAS) again.  Please register to help kids in need through the ADA's 9th annual GKAS program.  GKAS is a day of free treatment and education for children without access to dental care.  Please join us by volunteering to treat children at a nearby clinic, treat children in your private office or by providing educational presentations.  As in years past, the CDA can help you with patient recruitment, educational presentations or finding a clinic to volunteer at for GKAS. 
 
GKAS is Friday, Feb. 4, 2011, and we're planning for another successful year with your generous help. Register now and sign up for FREE product from Colgate and Henry Schein!  These supplies are very limited so sign up ASAP.  You must register THIS week to qualify for free product!

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NFDH Changes its Brand and Name

November 9, 2010

In December, the National Foundation of Dentistry for the Handicapped will launch its new brand and name:  Dental Lifeline Network.  The name just received final trademark approval and was officially announced at the opening of the American Dental Association Annual Session last month.  The Donated Dental Services (DDS) and DentaCheques program names remain unchanged.  The foundation provides dental care to disabled, elderly and medically at-risk patients.  It has over 15,000 volunteer dentists and 3,000 laboratories, providing care in all 50 states.  It was established 35 years ago and is headquartered in Denver, Colo.

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Proposed Medicaid Payment Delays

November 9, 2010

The Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing is expected to implement another delay in the payment of Medicaid claims in the spring 2011.  To help address a substantial budget shortfall in the current fiscal year (2010-2011), Medicaid has proposed delaying the payment of claims for one week in April 2011, one week in May 2011 and one week in June 2011, resulting in a cumulative three-week delay of payments by the end of the current fiscal year. 

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Members in the News Drs Gillis Weenig Perino Kessler

November 9, 2010

On Sept. 25, KJCT Channel 8 reported that an estimated 200 people in Grand Junction got a free appointment with one of three local dentists. Dr. Julie Gillis, Dr. Duane Weenig and Dr. Kenneth Perino teamed up to hold a free clinic for people who couldn’t afford dental care. Patients received treatments ranging from cleanings and cancer screenings to fillings and extractions.

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Colorado Heart Rescue

November 9, 2010

Meet the CDA’s Newest Endorsed Company:  The CDA just endorsed Colorado Heart Rescue as a resource for Automated External Defibrillators (AED).  The Colorado State Board of Dental Examiner’s anesthesia rule requires an AED for any dental office providing any permitted level of sedation – minimal, moderate, deep and general anesthesia (although voluntary installation is encouraged in all offices regardless of whether they offer permitted sedation services).

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Dinner Dancing and Dental Aid

November 9, 2010

Don’t miss the “Black & White and Smiles All Over” event on Saturday, Nov. 13 to benefit Dental Aid, a not-for-profit dental provider with three clinics in Boulder County.  The evening honors Karen Cody Carlson for her longtime service to the community and dental profession.  The event will also have cocktails, dinner, a live auction, the Hazel Miller Band and dancing.  The event takes place at the Omni Interlocken Resort in Broomfield, Colo.

Please join Dental Aid at this annual fundraising event on Nov. 13 and support access to oral healthcare for all individuals.  To purchase tickets please visit http://www.dentalaid.org/, or contact Shannon Hilt at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 303-665-8228 x114.

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Important Information about the CDA Endorsed Medical Benefit Plan

October 15, 2010

The CDA Medical Benefit Plan recently made a decision to terminate self-funded benefit plans effective November 30, 2010. The Colorado Dental Association would like to take this opportunity to address several common questions and concerns from CDA members about this announcement.

The CDA Medical Benefit Plan was endorsed by the CDA, but not operated or run by the CDA. The Medical Benefit Plan operates under a separate board of directors, which made a decision to terminate the plan based upon the significant losses they continued to have, the inability to find a "stop loss" carrier willing to underwrite the program and the realization the plan would need to increase premiums by 47% in order to continue.

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Amalgam Separators - Proposed Rule

October 7, 2010

On Monday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced its intention to issue a proposed rule next year to mandate amalgam separators. The EPA's announcement stated, "EPA expects to propose a rule next year and finalize it in 2012. Dental offices will be able to use existing technology to meet the proposed requirements.  Amalgam separators can separate out 95% of the mercury normally discharged to the local waste treatment plant."

The CDA will monitor this rule development as progress is made and keep membership informed. 

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Endorsed for Your Benefit!

October 7, 2010

COPIC Financial Group is an endorsed company of the Colorado Dental Association for insurance coverage for CDA members.  Most recently this endorsement was extended to include health benefits/insurance.  Please contact Wendy Heckman at 720-858-6280 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   to get a quote on medical insurance coverage.

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