Here’s What You Need to Comply With Section 1557

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A federal rule that implements Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) went into effect July 18. This part of the ACA prohibits discrimination in healthcare on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability and sex, including discrimination based on pregnancy, gender identification and sex stereotyping. These prohibitions apply to any healthcare provider receiving certain funds through …

New Health First Colorado Provider Enrollment Specialists Are Here to Help You

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The Aug. 1 deadline for provider revalidation for Colorado’s Medicaid program, Health First Colorado, has passed, but help is available—from provider enrollment specialists—if you have questions about the process. The Health First Colorado Enrollment and Revalidation Information Center now staffs specialists who can help you with anything from general enrollment questions and questions about the status of your application to …

Clearing Up Confusion About the Affordable Care Act

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The Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (HHS OCR) issued a recent rule that implements Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The rule went into effect July 18. This part of the ACA prohibits discrimination in healthcare on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability and sex, including discrimination based on pregnancy, …

Bringing More Smiles to Colorado Seniors

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By Kelly Caldwell, M.B.A. From the Summer 2016 Journal of the Colorado Dental Association Jacob Alarid was all smiles as he entered the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine, where he is now receiving free care thanks to a new program aimed at helping low-income seniors address their oral health needs. As he took off his U.S. Air Force …

How Did the 2016 Legislative Session Affect You?

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By Jennifer Goodrum, CDA Director of Government Relations From the Summer 2016 Journal of the Colorado Dental Association Colorado’s 2016 state legislative session ran from Jan. 13, 2015, through May 11, 2016. As always, the CDA worked hard at the statehouse on your behalf. It was a busy – and very successful – session for the dental profession. This year, …

Be Aware, Be Present, Be Involved

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By Michael R. Varley, D.D.S., M.S., CDA President From the Summer 2016 Journal of the Colorado Dental Association What really constitutes a strong association that will endure the test of time? That will be financially stable? What is the definition of success for a not-for-profit organization? As I proudly accept my new role as your CDA president, I have spent …