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2010 Long Bill Adds Funds for Kids Dental, Cuts Funds for Seniors

2010 Long Bill Adds Funds for Kids Dental, Cuts Funds for Seniors

March 29, 2010

This week, business in the state House is almost exclusively devoted to consideration of the 2010-2011 budget. The bill, known as the "long bill" due to its considerable length, outlines the funding for all state government agencies and other programs that receive general funds from the state.

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Act Now! Committee Vote on HB 1144

Act Now! Committee Vote on HB 1144

January 26, 2010

Did you know that some dental plans have adopted a policy to try to tell you what you can charge for services not covered under their plan?

This is a marketing scheme by dental plans which is blatantly unfair to dentists and can limit patient choice and treatment options.

The CDA has introduced a bill to stop this unfair practice. The bill is an intuitive, one-line fix that simple says "if a plan doesn't pay for a service, they can't tell a dentist what they can charge for it." The bill ensures fairness, preserves competition and protects quality dental care.

This bill is up for a critical committee vote tomorrow - Wednesday, January 27.

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2010 Pre Session Party Fundraising Events

2010 Pre Session Party Fundraising Events

January 13, 2010

CDA lobbyist Charlie Hebeler and CDA staff member Jennifer Goodrum attended party fundraising events for Senate Republicans, Senate Democrats and House Republicans on January 11 and House Republicans on January 12.

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Bill Pushing Increase in Medical Malpractice Caps Defeated

Bill Pushing Increase in Medical Malpractice Caps Defeated

April 22, 2009

In mid-April, trial attorneys introduced a late session bill in the state legislature that sought to raise limits on medical malpractice claims. HB 1344 would have increased the cap on non-economic malpractice damages to account for inflation, and added an automatic cost-of-living adjustment each year. Automatic cost-of-living adjustments would have added significant uncertainty about future costs and likely caused increases to insurance premiums. The CDA had concerns about provider costs and access-to-care, and opposed the bill's original approach. The CDA felt that during a time of recession when there is a particular need to expand low cost care and reduce costs, a law of this nature would have the opposite effect.

The Colorado Medical Society and COPIC waged a substantial campaign with the public and through the media to oppose the bill. The CDA communicated its concerns to legislators, the governor and ally healthcare groups.

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2009 State Legislative Session Wrap Up

2009 State Legislative Session Wrap Up

May 10, 2009

The Colorado state legislature completed its regular session on May 6. As always, the CDA worked hard on your behalf at the statehouse. It was a busy session with a number of bills that impacted the dental profession. Primary bills of interest and their final status include:

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2009 Washington Leadership Conference

2009 Washington Leadership Conference

May 18, 2009

Each spring, the ADA hosts a legislative and lobbying conference in Washington, D.C. Attendees participate in a three-day conference that provides a mix of prominent speakers, issue briefings, grassroots education and political training. In addition, the CDA schedules meetings that connect participants with all nine federal senators and representatives for Colorado.

Nine CDA dentists were able to participate in the Washington Leadership Conference May 11-13, with the CDA sponsoring six members' participation and three additional Colorado dentists attending as ADA representatives. Drs. Jeff Hurst, Jeanne Salcetti, David Lurye, Kevin Sessa, Jeane Schoemaker, Brett Kessler, Ed Leone Jr., Ken Versman and Rhett Murray represented Colorado this year. The delegation met with Senator Mark Udall and Representatives Jared Polis (D-1st), John Salazar (D-3rd), Doug Lamborn (R-5th) and Ed Perlmutter (D-7th). The delegation met with prominent staff members in remaining congressional offices.

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