For those interested, the Academy of General Dentistry recently sent out:
The AGD is asking for your help in generating support for H.R. 1606, the Dental and Optometric Care (DOC) Access Act, legislation sponsored by Rep. Buddy Carter of Georgia that would provide fairness in contracts between doctors and insurers, increase the quality of care for patients, and protect consumers from anti-competitive practices. Please take a moment to contact your Representative and urge them to support H.R. 1606 today.
The AGD, like many of you, has long been concerned about the current mandates in insurance provider agreements that allow insurance companies to set prices on non-covered items and services. These abusive practices have not gone unnoticed. To date, 35 states have enacted bills similar to H.R. 1606 that address coverage and fees for non-covered services, but insurance providers are often able to work around these laws due to the fact that many of the plans offered are regulated at the federal level.
The DOC Access Act remedies these issues by prohibiting dental and vision plans from dictating what a doctor can charge plan enrollees for non-covered services. This legislation is especially effective because it targets plans that are regulated at the federal level and often beyond the reach of state law. Under H.R. 1606, dentists will be able (and required) to charge a fair and customary amount for non-covered services rather than be subjected to an insurer's mandated fee schedule, a long-overdue change that will eliminate anti-competitive practices in health care and improve overall quality of patient care.
Don't delay - contact your Representative today and ask them to cosponsor H.R. 1606.
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