AAPD Advocacy

 

The mission of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) is to advocate policies, guidelines and programs that promote optimal oral health and oral health care for children.

As advocates of children's oral health, the AAPD works closely with legislators, professional associations and health care professionals to develop policies and guidelines, implement research opportunities in pediatric oral health and educate pediatric dentists, health care providers and the public regarding pediatric oral health.

AAPD Advocacy strengthens the voice of pediatric dentistry on behalf of children's oral health at the national and state level. These activities bring pediatric oral health to the forefront of health policy deliberations. A strong, organized and informed advocacy network is essential to ensure effective communication within and among the AAPD headquarters and district and state unit organizations, and to promote effective state and national policy decisions.

This advocacy section provides summaries and resources on current legislative and regulatory issues affecting pediatric dentistry and the various AAPD efforts on your behalf. The reference materials are designed to assist in your advocacy efforts and provide opportunities to become more involved through advocacy training, participation in grassroots efforts and joining our E-Advocates network. All AAPD members are strongly encouraged to become involved in efforts to enhance the oral health care of children.

For further information, please contact AAPD Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel C. Scott Litch Esq., CAE, at slitch@aapd.org.

 

Latest Advocacy News

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The Treasury Department and IRS released on July 8, 2016 proposed regulations relating to premium tax credits under the Affordable Care Act. This included a rule clarifying the inclusion of subsidies for stand-alone pediatric dental plans, as part of the premium tax credit, for plans purchased in a Health Insurance Exchange.
 
The Senate Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Subcommittee approved a FY2017 funding bill on June 7, followed by full Appropriations Committee passage on June 9, 2016 by a 29-1 vote.
 
The Connecticut State Budget passed during the 2016 legislative session resulted in a 5% across the board reduction in children’s dental Medicaid reimbursement rates.
 
Feb 12, 2016 05:02 PM
In early January 2016, the AAPD and ADA sent two comment letters to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) concerning the CMS regulation on Medicaid Programs: Methods for Assuring Access to Covered Medicaid Services issued on Nov. 2, 2015 (CMS-2328-FC). The organizations urged that dental services be included in state Access Monitoring Plans that must be submitted to CMS by July 1, 2016. A number of additional recommendations were made related to market-based reimbursements and me
 
Jan 20, 2016 06:28 PM
Download the AAPD’s 2016 Legislative and Regulatory Priorities as developed by the AAPD Council on Government Affairs and approved by the AAPD’s board of trustees. For further information, please contact AAPD Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel C. Scott Litch at slitch@aapd.org.
 
As Congressional negotiations on the FY 2016 federal budget continued through-out the fall of 2015, the AAPD, ADA, ADEA, and AADR sent a joint letter to Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Subcommittee chairs and ranking minority members reminding them of the dental community’s funding requests, including $10 million for Title VII pediatric dentistry.
 
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) and the American Dental Association (ADA) sent a letter to the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight, urging the Center to require states to make the 2017 essential health benefit benchmark plans more transparent in regards to pediatric dental benefits.
 
As reported in the May 2015 PDT, based on a significant challenge posed by a Medicaid Recovery Audit Contractor (RAC) in Nebraska that impacted all Medicaid participating dentists in the state , the Nebraska Society of Pediatric Dentistry and the Nebraska Dental Association (NDA) pursued RAC Audit reform legislation. Legislative bill 315 was introduced, followed by a legislative hearing. During the February 18, 2015 hearing on this bill, both pediatric and general dentists testified including ​
 
On June 22, 2015, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) along with the Connecticut State Dental Association, Connecticut Society of Pediatric Dentists, Connecticut Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, American Dental Association, Walgreen Co., and ATG Connecticut petitioned a Connecticut state appellate court for permission to file an amici curiae (friends of the court) brief in a case involving state Medicaid dental auditing practices. The request was granted and the brief w​
 
Based on the AAPD’s success in obtaining directed funding of $10 million for pediatric dentistry training in the fiscal year (FY) 2015 federal budget, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) recently awarded a number of new postdoctoral and predoctoral grants to support training of pediatric dentists and to better train general dentists in treating children. For more background on the Title VII health professions training program for pediatric dentistry, see: http://www.aapd.org/​
 
On July 24, 2015, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) and the American Dental Association (ADA) filed joint comments on proposed regulations of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) concerning Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Managed Care contracting and comprehensive quality strategies. This is an important issue because many states are moving to managed care contracts for Medicaid and CHIP services, including dental (although dentists may st​
 
The AAPD recently joined more than 1,500 organizations in sending a letter to congressional leadership urging action this year to protect the millions of children who get their health care through the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). The letter was coordinated by the bipartisan national children’s advocacy organization First Focus and signed by national, state, and local organizations, including organizations in every state. When over 200 pediatric dentists and pediatric dental resid​
 
On February 9, 2015, the AAPD, along with the American Dental Association, American Dental Education Association, and the American Association for Dental Research, communicated FY 2016 oral health funding priorities to the chairs and ranking minority members of the Senate and House Appropriations Committee’s Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and related agencies. This request includes the AAPD’s top funding priority, $10 million for pediatric dentistry training under ​
 
Download the AAPD’s 2015 Legislative and Regulatory Priorities as developed by the AAPD Council on Government Affairs and approved by the AAPD’s board of trustees. For further information, please contact AAPD Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel C. Scott Litch at slitch@aapd.org.
 
Almost a decade after the original lawsuit was filed and three years after the trial was completed, U.S. District Court Judge Adalberto Jordan has ruled that the Florida Medicaid program violates federal law. The lawsuit was brought by the Florida Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Florida Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. See the article below by Dr. Bicuspid as well as additional background on the case. Pediatric dentist and Medicaid dental expert Dr. James J. Crall was a cri​
 
On December 12-13, 2014 the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate passed the massive “cromnibus” $1.1 trillion bill to fund the federal government for fiscal year (FY) 2015. The government is operating under a CR through December 17 until the President signs the bill.
 
Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the Medicare Recovery Audit Contractor (RAC) program was extended to Medicaid. The RAC program allows private contractors to demand patient records and conduct audits on providers while retaining a percentage of any refunds collected.
 
The U.S. Supreme Court recently accepted a certiorari petition to hear the case of The North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners v. Federal Trade Commission. The AAPD contributed to the cost of and joined an Amici Curiae (friends of the court) legal brief in support of the North Carolina Dental Board. The brief was filed on May 30, 2014, and the Supreme Court is expected to hear oral arguments in the case this fall. Other organizations joining the brief include the American Dental Associ​
 
The AAPD along with the ADA, National Association of Dental Plans, and Delta Dental Plans Association recently wrote the U.S. Treasury Secretary asking for a revision in IRS regulatory interpretation of premium tax credit subsidies for pediatric dental insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
 
Apr 21, 2014 04:28 PM
The ADA Health Policy Resources Center has released a second report related to Affordable Care Act (ACA) insurance plans (see new analysis), finding that enrollment in stand-alone dental plans (SADPs) in the newly-established health insurance marketplaces varies considerably from state to state. Idaho has the highest enrollment rate for children and Alabama the highest for adults. Overall, the enrollment of children in SADPs is low when compared to ACA objectives. Initial data suggests the lack​
 
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