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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.

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).

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.

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, 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.

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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