December 2016


NADP continued to serve as your voice to wide array of industry stakeholders and the media.

Meeting Highlights

American Dental Association (ADA): NADP continued its strong, collaborative work with the ADA through participation the following key industry groups:

  • ADA Standards Committee on Dental Informatics (SCDI) , Feb. 21-24, Chicago, Illinois
  • ADA Council on Dental Benefits, April 11-15, Chicago, Illinois
  • ADA Annual Conference, Denver Colorado, Oct. 20-24

State Advocacy Meetings: NADP presented in-person testimony regarding network adequacy to the following department of insurance hearings:

  • North Carolina DOI (twice)
  • Maryland DOI

Legislative and Regulatory Stakeholder Meetings: NADP represented the dental benefits industry to these key audiences on issues such as provider directories,

  • National Conference of Insurance Legislators (NCOIL), Little Rock, Arkansas, Feb. 26-28
  • National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC), San Diego, California, Aug. 26
  • NCSL, Chicago, Illinois, Aug. 8-11
  • National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP), Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, Oct. 17-19
  • NAIC, Miami, Florida, Dec. 9-12

Standards Organizations: NADP ensured the unique business needs of the dental benefits industry were represented among these standards setting organizations:

  • Health Level 7 (HL7), Orlando, Florida, Jan. 10-13
  • Health Terminology Standards Development Organisation (IHTSDO), London, England, April 15-20
  • HL7, Montreal Canada, May 8-12
  • WorkGroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI), Salt Lake City, Utah, May 23-26
  • X12, Dallas, Texas, June 5-9
  • Dental Quality Alliance, (DQA), Chicago, Illinois, June 10
  • HL7, Baltimore, Maryland, Sept. 20-23
  • X12, Cincinnati, Ohio, Sept. 19
  • IHTSDO, Wellington, New Zealand, Oct. 23-26

In addition, NADP advanced the dental industry at meetings of the following organizations:   

  • National Oral Health Conference, Cincinnati, Ohio, April 19-21
  • Association of Dental Support Organizations 2016 Summit, Las Vegas, Nevada, April 20-22
  • Group Underwriters Association of American Annual Conference, San Antonio, May 15-16
  • National Association of Health Underwriters, Albuquerque, New Mexico, June 26-28
  • Texas Association of Life and Health Insurers Round-Up, Dallas, Texas, Sept. 28
  • Oral Health for All 2020, Arlington, Virginia, Sept. 19-21

Media Highlights


NADP Executive Director Evelyn F. Ireland, CAE, was interviewed by a variety of industry publications concerning a wide range of industry topics and issues.

  • Inside Dentistry: provider payments.
  • Employee Benefit News: demand for dental, vision benefits remains strong.
  • Inside Washington Publishers (IWP): ‘Meaningful Access’ language provisions
  • Washington Post: “How to reduce the cost of dental care.”
  • Time magazine: access to dental care and dental coverage for low income individuals.
  • Detroit Free Press: background information to reporter Todd Spangler’s piece regarding recent Treasury ruling on tax credits for pediatric dental benefits.
  • industry’s views on the ADA’s June study.
  • Kaiser Health News: background information regarding the number of Americans with dental coverage
  • Washington Post: carriers offer enhanced benefits for enrollees with certain health conditions.
  • HealthDay: the industry response to the latest ADA Health Policy Institute Study regarding dental cost barriers.

Press Releases

  • May 12: “Dental Plans Meet with Members of Congress on Consumer Access to Quality Dental Care” appeared in 146 media outlets and wire services including the Associated Press, AP Editorial, AP Mobile Network, Bloomberg, Comtex, American Business Media, Arizona Republic,, Chicago Star Tribune, Dallas Morning News, Kansas City Star, L.A. Daily News, the Sacramento Bee, Wall Street Select and more.
  • July 11: “Dental Coalition Applauds Proposed Rule on Dental Tax Credits,” appeared in 139 major media markets across the nation such as Idaho Statesmen, Kansas City Star, LA Daily News, NewsOK, The Olympian, Star Tribune Minneapolis, The State (SC) and Wall Street Select.
  • Oct. 7: “Kirk Andrews Receives NADP Gabryl Award” The appeared in 143 major media markets including Dallas, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Oakland, Phoenix, Sacramento and online business publications including Times Online, American Business Media, and Finance and CEO World.


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