On Nov. 9, 2015, NADP provided comments
to the California Department of Insurance (CDI) regarding proposed,
permanent network adequacy regulations. The letter recommends CDI exempt
dental plans from the regulations, and if evidence arises and
illustrates a need for oversight, CDI should provide distinct and
appropriate requirements for specialized health plans. In the letter,
NADP also supports and refers CDI to comments developed by the
California Association of Dental Plans (CADP), which provide further
recommendations on specific sections of the rule.

CDI held a
formal, public hearing on November 9 on this proposal. CADP and
attendees report that the hearing lasted about an hour with very small
attendance and only a few representatives signed up to speak from the
following organizations: Consumer Watchdog, CMA, Health Access, ACHLIC
and Office of Patient Advocate. Most referred to and focused on their
written comments, which are critically important to this process because
CDI must respond to each one. 

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