Organized Dentistry Coalition Weighs in on Health Care Reform Fixes

As Congress prepares to debate repealing, replacing, or amending the 2010 health care reform law, the Organized Dentistry Coalition (ODC) recently weighed in on several key issues that need fixing. ODC represents private practicing dentists, and includes the AAPD and American Dental Association (ADA). The AAPD served as coordinator for the ODC in 2010.

The issues are:

  • Repeal of the burdensome IRS form 1099 reporting requirement for dental practices and tens of millions of small businesses, a change supported by both parties and the Obama administration. Unfortunately, despite bi-partisan support, efforts to repeal this provision fell short in the 2010 lame-duck session of Congress.
  • Remove the $2500 annual limit on Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs). These funds are often used by parents to pay for out-of-pocket dental expenses for their children.
  • Repeal the exemption of health insurance companies from federal antitrust law. This would make health insurers subject to the same rules as dentists and physicians. Unfortunately this provision was not included in the final health care reform law.

Click here to download copies of the letters.

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