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Dental Plans Leaders Take Tax and Market Concerns to the Hill

by NADP | Mar 21, 2018

NADP Members urge Congressional Leaders to Continue Tax Incentives and Stabilize Dental Coverage on Public Insurance Marketplaces

Washington, D.C. – National Association of Dental Plans (NADP) members will urge Congressional leaders to extend the moratorium on the Health Insurance Tax (HIT); maintain tax incentives on employer-sponsored dental plans and decouple the purchase of dental and medical coverage in the marketplaces, during its 2018 Congressional industry fly-in, "NADP Advocacy in Action," March 21-22, in the nation's Capital.

"As the voice of the dental benefits industry, advocating for improved consumer access to affordable dental care is the mission of NADP," said Board Chair Theresa McConeghey of Principal. "We commend our members for their participation in the democratic process and representation of our industry."

In face-to-face meetings with Members of Congress, NADP members will seek an extension of the Health Insurance Tax moratorium through 2020. A 2-percent fee would have a significant impact on the affordability of dental coverage as average annual change in premiums over the last five years range from plus 1.5 percent to negative .9 percent. Because 93 percent of Americans receive dental coverage through their work, NADP will also seek continued bi-partisan support for the tax exclusion for employer-sponsored health and dental benefits.

In addition, NADP will seek assistance from Congress to decouple the purchase of dental and medical coverage on public marketplaces. Currently, consumers must purchase medical coverage in order to buy dental coverage. In many cases when consumers drop or change medical coverage, their dental coverage is also discontinued even though it was not their intention. NADP is asking for Congress's support in seeking a technical solution to this dilemma. 

NADP will also offer to serve as a resource regarding dental benefits in Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). The association also will thank elected officials for approving CHIP funding for 10 more years.

Advocacy in Action attendees will provide detailed documentation of the issues at the conclusion of their face-to-face meetings, and NADP will follow-up with policymakers throughout the year. These materials are also available on NADP's website at www.nadp.org.

About NADP

National Association of Dental Plans (NADP), a Texas nonprofit corporation with headquarters in Dallas, Texas, is the representative and recognized resource of the dental benefits industry. NADP is the only national trade organization that includes the full spectrum of dental benefits companies operating in the United States. NADP's members provide Dental HMO, Dental PPO, Dental Indemnity and Discount Dental products to more 195 million Americans.   

AIA Participants:


Jeff

Album

Delta Dental of CA, NY, PA & Affiliates

Stacia

Almquist

Sun Life Financial

Eme

Augustini

NADP

Artur

Bagyants

NADP

Jerry

Berggren

NADP

Stephanie

Berry

Delta Dental of CA, NY, PA & Affiliates

Rene

Chapin

NADP

Dr. Mary Lee

Conicella, DMD, FAGD

Aetna Dental

Mike

Davis

Dominion National

Bethany

Dougherty

Life & Specialty Ventures

Brooke

Ellis

Solstice Benefits

Dana

Faust

Delta Dental of MO

Greta

Flam

Guardian

Alissa

Gavrilescu

Solstice Benefits

Suzanne

Heckenlaible

Delta Dental of IA

Jeremy

Hedrick

Careington International

Alisha

Hightower

Guardian

Donna

Hunter

United Concordia

Evelyn

Ireland, CAE

NADP

Richard

Jones

Guardian

Bernard

LaPine

Highmark

Kristin

LaRoche

DentaQuest

Michael

Lewan

The Michael Lewan Company

Gina

Magee

Lincoln Financial Group

Amy

Marko

Starmount Life

Amanda

Martin

Dominion National

Devin

McBrayer

Delta Dental of CA, NY, PA & Affiliates

Theresa

McConeghey

Principal

Kate

McCown

Ameritas Life Insurance Corp.

Crystal

McElroy

MetLife

Brian

Monsen

Avesis Third Party Admin. Inc.

Dr. Lynn

Mouden, DDS, MPH

Avesis Third Party Admin. Inc.

Joshua

Nace

Dental Health Services of America

Shalyn

Pavolillo

Highmark

Chris

Payne

Principal

Bradley

Peak

Sun Life Financial

Gary

Pickard

Pacific Dental Services

Jon

Renfrew

Guardian

Richard

Schlauch

Dominion National

Jeff

Schwab

Dominion National

James

Slotnick

Sun Life Financial

Irica

Solomon

MetLife

Chris

Swanker, FSA, MAAA

Guardian

Brad

Terry

Dominion National

Mike

Trebold

Ameritas Life Insurance Corp.

Kris

Virgin

Careington International

Donald

Wilhoite

Life & Specialty Ventures

Sue

Wright

Lincoln Financial Group