Four Fall Focus Areas for CDA Government Relations

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By Jennifer Goodrum, CDA Director of Government Relations From the Fall 2017 Journal of the Colorado Dental Association Even when the state legislature is not in session, the Capitol remains busy with post-2017-session and pre-2018-session work. This fall has been particularly busy to that end with a number of legislative interim committees and rulemaking processes affecting dentists and dental offices.  …

Non-Medicaid Providers May Now Collect Copays for Dual Covered Patients

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In the past, two conflicting sections of state law have disagreed on whether a copay or deductible associated with a dually covered patient’s primary insurance plan could be collected from Medicaid patients. If a dentist did not collect a required private plan copay, he/she could be subject to insurance fraud penalties. If a dentist did collect the required private plan …

A Big Year for Dentistry: 2017 Legislative Wrap-Up

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By Jennifer Goodrum, CDA Director of Government Relations From the Summer 2017 Journal of the Colorado Dental Association Colorado’s 2017 state legislative session began Jan. 11 and ended on May 10. Key themes during the 2017 legislative session included insurance reform, transportation, construction defects, marijuana, school finance reform and balancing a very constrained state budget. In spite of a legislative …

SB 190 on Non-Covered Services Signed into Law

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In April, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper signed into law SB 190, a bill that requires dental plans to stop dictating fees for services they do not cover. This practice has been an ongoing concern for member dentists for many years, as it can disrupt patient choice of dental services and the patient-provider relationship. It can also interfere in fair delivery …

Advocating For You: 2017 Legislative Update

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By Jennifer Goodrum, CDA Director of Government Relations From the Spring 2017 Journal of the Colorado Dental Association Colorado’s 2017 legislative session is in full swing and it has been an extremely busy session for dentistry. The CDA represents its members every day at the state Capitol monitoring the nearly 500 bills being considered by the state legislature this year. …

2017 Lobby Day a Success

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Put down 2017 Dentists at the Capitol Lobby Day as a success. About 35 dental professionals from across Colorado joined the CDA’s lobbying and government relations team as they converged upon the state Capitol on Friday, Feb. 17 to discuss with their legislators about key issues affecting the dental profession in Colorado. This year, the primary issue for discussion at …

2017 Lobby Day Registration Is Open!

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The CDA needs dentists from across the state to join us in meeting legislators and providing them with information on the importance of dental health. Why? Because dental health matters. Prior experience is not needed. The CDA will supply resources and training to those who volunteer for the event. Event Details Date: Friday, Feb. 17, 2017 Time: 8 a.m.-noon Where: …

2016 Election Outcomes for Dentistry

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By Jennifer Goodrum, CDA Director of Government Relations From the Winter 2017 Journal of the Colorado Dental Association Thanks to all CDA members who participated by voting in the 2016 election. Your voice and actions are a vital part of dentistry’s influence both at the state and national levels. The 2016 election produced several outcomes, both expected and unexpected. Following …

SB16-009: What Your Practice Needs to Know

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The Colorado Dental Board recently emailed dental licensees regarding SB16-009, a 2016 bill that made a technical fix to a longstanding state law on fee splitting by dentists. Information was provided to members about SB16-009 in the summer 2016 Journal of the Colorado Dental Association. A few additional questions have been generated by members, however, following the dental board’s communication. The …