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Substance Abuse Intervention Bill Approved by Colorado Legislature

June 10, 2010

During the 2010 legislative session, the CDA actively supported HB 1033, a bill that would extend Medicaid reimbursement to healthcare providers who provide substance abuse interventions to their patients.  HB 1033 will save lives by encouraging more providers to help patients recognize substance abuse problems early-on and connect them with the help they need.

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Dentists Meet with Federal Legislators 2010

May 10, 2010

The ADA hosts a legislative and lobbying conference in Washington, D.C. each spring that provides a mix of prominent speakers, issue briefings, grassroots education and political training. Eight CDA dentists represented Colorado at this year’s conference, held April 12-14: Dr. Jeff Hurst, Dr. Brett Kessler, Dr. Ed Leone Jr., Dr. David Lurye, Dr. Rhett Murray, Dr. Jeanne Salcetti, Dr. Jeane Schoemaker and Dr. Ken Versman.

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New Medicaid ID Cards

May 10, 2010

Beginning June 1, the Colorado Department of Healthcare Policy and Financing will be issuing Medical Identification Cards with a new look to Medicaid patients. The new cards will now be bilingual (English and Spanish) and more informative. Click here to view a sample of the new card.

These new cards do not replace cards issued before June 1, however, the department wants providers to be aware of both versions of the card.  If you have questions, contact Roberta Lopez at 303-866-6114 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Charitable Care Presentation to House HHS Committee

May 10, 2010

Rep. Jim Riesberg, chair of the House Health and Human Services (HHS) Committee, asked the CDA’s help in organizing a presentation on the low cost and charitable dental options that are currently available to Coloradans.  On Thursday, April 8, the CDA – along with select dental charities – met with the House HHS Committee to provide information and resources on the topic. 

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Member Spotlight: Dr Walter Schneider

May 10, 2010

Schneiderwit kidsLocated in rural southern Tanzania, Songea is an impoverished, remote district about 60 miles north of the Mozambique border. In November 2009, Longmont dentist Dr. Walter Schneider spent two weeks in Songea providing free dental care in a clinic run by Miracle Corners of the World, a nonprofit organization based in New York. Working with a local dental therapist and an assistant, he provided restorations, extractions and preventive care for both children and adults. In addition, he updated the staff in diagnosis, restorative techniques and infection control procedures.

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HB1234 Defeated

May 10, 2010
Bill Required U.S. Licensure for Claims Denials

Thanks to all CDA members who wrote their legislators regarding HB 1234, the bill that would require denials of insurance claims be made by U.S. licensed healthcare practitioners who have expertise in the specialty or field involved in the claim.  The CDA got involved with this bill after learning that a major insurer is planning to outsource the processing of dental claims to an office in India.  HB 1234 would have provided some basic protections to ensure that claims processors are appropriately trained and that Coloradans receive quality care.

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House of Delegates to Consider 2010-2011 Budget

May 10, 2010

On June 11, the CDA’s governing body, the House of Delegates, will consider the 2010-2011 budget.  The proposed budget includes a $14 dues increase.  Dues for the CDA have not been changed since 2001, which would make this adjustment the first increase in a decade.  The CDA works hard to maintain a budget with limited financial impact on members.  After nearly 10 years, this increase was proposed so we can continue to offer high quality member services to benefit our dentists.

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Your Support Needed for House Bill 1234

April 9, 2010

Just this week, the CDA learned that a major insurer plans to outsource the processing of dental claims to an office in India

Dentists have expressed concern about the effects of this policy, including the fact that education and training of dentists in India is vastly different from that in the U.S. Denials of coverage can often equate to denials of care, and it is critical that those who make these decisions be appropriately qualified. 

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Save Money on Exam Gloves

March 26, 2010

The CDA endorses companies to save you time and money. One of the most recent benefits to members is through the CDA Glove Program. This program allows you to choose from a variety of gloves, quickly place an order and pay a specially negotiated discounted price.

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Welcome New CDA Members

March 26, 2010

The CDA would like to introduce its newest members. 177 dentists have joined from 10 different components. The CDA welcomes these members and congratulates them for their choice to join organized dentistry.

One year ago this month, the CDA launched the New Dentist Committee. This committee has been active hosting several professional and social events over the past year. The next NDC event will be in conjunction with the CDA Annual Session in Crested Butte, Colo. on Friday, June 11 at the Brick Oven Pizza and Bar. Drink tokens will be available at the Annual Session registration desk. Please pre-register at your earliest convenience. We welcome you to participate on the committee. If you are interested or would like to RSVP for the above event, please contact the CDA at 303-740-6900 or 800-343-3010.

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