Dental Organizations Urge Nebraska Medicaid Office to Halt, Overhaul Pediatric Dental Audits

Nov. 11, 2019

The AAPD, ADA, NSPD and NDA are troubled by the growing number of Medicaid pediatric dental audits in Nebraska that are harming children’s access to oral care, the organizations told the state’s Medicaid agency in a Nov. 6, 2019 letter.

AAPD, ADA, and AGD Oppose CMS Plan to Rescind Access Monitoring Review Plans by State Medicaid Agencies

Sept. 12, 2019

The AAPD, ADA, and AGD (Academy of General Dentistry) wrote the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to comment on their proposed rule CMS-2406-P2, entitled Medicaid Program; Methods for Assuring Access to Covered Medicaid Services-Rescission.

AAPD and ADA Oppose Replacement of Federal Sealant Measure by HRSA

Aug. 27, 2019

The AAPD and ADA wrote the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) urging them not to replace the measure of Dental Sealants for Children Between 6-9 Years. This measure is utilized in HRSA’s oversight of its community health centers program. HRSA had requested public comment on a proposal to replace this measure with one titled Primary Caries Prevention Intervention as Offered by Primary Care Providers (CMS74v9).

AAPD 2019 Legislative and Regulatory Priorities

Download the AAPD’s 2019 Legislative and Regulatory Priorities as developed by the AAPD Council on Government Affairs and approved by the AAPD’s board of trustees. 

Congressional Dear Colleague Letter in Support of Title VII Pediatric Dentistry Funding

April 16, 2019

One of the key advocacy requests made by attendees at the 2019 AAPD Pediatric Oral Health Advocacy Conference during their visits to Congressional offices was to support FY 2020 funding of $12 million for Title VII Pediatric Dentistry. This amount includes funding for the Dental Faculty Loan Repayment Program. As a follow-up to visits, House Members were asked to sign onto a Dear Colleague letter circulated by Congresswoman Julia Brownley (D-Calif.-26th). Click here for a copy of the letter, signed by 40 House members.

AAPD Pursues Non-Taxation for Dental Faculty Loan Repayment Recipients as Legislation is Reintroduced in 2019

March 25, 2019

One of the AAPD’s top legislative priorities is to make Dental Faculty Loan Repayment Program (DFLRP) awards non-taxable to recipients.

AAPD Applauds Introduction of S. 10

Dec. 5, 2018

On Nov. 27, 2018 Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) co-introduced S. 10, legislation that would exclude from gross income certain federally subsidized dental faculty loan repayment awards under Title VII of the Public Health Service Act. 

Final FY 2019 Funding Bill Contains $12 million for Pediatric Dentistry Training and Preference for Dental Faculty Loan Repayment

Oct. 2, 2018

The conference FY 2019 appropriations bill that contains an excellent funding level of $12 million for pediatric dentistry training and support for dental faculty loan repayment with a preference for pediatric dental faculty – as reported in the previous E-News—has cleared Congress and was signed into law by the President on Sept. 28, 2018.

AAPD Applauds Introduction of H.R. 6149

July 11, 2018

On June 19, 2018, Congresswoman Yvette Clarke (D-N.Y. 9th), Congressman Mike Simpson (R-Idaho 2nd) and Congressman Paul Gosar (R-Ariz. 4th) introduced H.R. 6149, legislation that would exclude from gross income certain federally subsidized dental faculty loan repayment awards under Title VII of the Public Health Service Act. 

AAPD 2018 Legislative and Regulatory Priorities

Jan 18, 2018

Download the AAPD’s 2018 Legislative and Regulatory Priorities as developed by the AAPD Council on Government Affairs and approved by the AAPD’s board of trustees.

AAPD Joins ADA and ODC Calling on CMS to fill Chief Dental Officer Position

March 2, 2018

In late 2017 the AAPD along with the ADA and the Organized Dentistry Coalition wrote a letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) requesting appointment of a new Chief Dental Officer (CDO) and also to prioritize oral health services in a manner equal to medical services. 

HRSA Announces 13 Awards for Predoctoral Pediatric Training in General Dentistry and Dental Hygiene

Oct. 16, 2017

The AAPD is pleased that the federal Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has awarded 13 grants to dental education institutions to enhance clinical predoctoral dental and dental hygiene training focusing on children ages 0-5 to improve the oral health of vulnerable, underserved, and rural pediatric populations.

AAPD and ADA Urge Congress to Reauthorize CHIP

Sept. 25, 2017

On September 13, 2017, the AAPD and ADA wrote the Chair and Ranking Member of the Senate Finance Committee in support of reauthorization of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). The current CHIP authorization expires on Sept. 30, 2017. 

HRSA Announces 10 Pediatric Dental Faculty Loan Repayment Awards

Sept. 19, 2017

The AAPD is pleased that the federal Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has awarded 10 dental schools or pediatric dental residency programs grants for faculty loan repayment.

AAPD Pleased with Pediatric Dentistry Funding in FY 2018 House Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Bill

July 25, 2017

On July 19, 2017, the House Appropriations Committee approved the FY 2018 Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations bill by a 28-22 vote.

AAPD Continues Advocacy for Children’s Oral Health Provisions as Senate Releases Health Care Reform Proposal

June 26, 2017

The U.S. Senate released its healthcare reform proposal on June 22, 2017. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) has been advocating to Congress since the 2010 passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to improve provisions in that law to enhance children’s oral health coverage.

AAPD Pleased with Pediatric Dentistry Funding in Final FY 2017 Omnibus Federal Budget Bill

May 9, 2017

Details have just been released about a final FY 2017 omnibus budget bill to fund federal programs through the remainder of the fiscal year. Since Oct. 1, 2016, the federal government has been funded via several Continuing Resolutions at the FY 2016 level.

AAPD 2017 Legislative and Regulatory Priorities

Jan. 24, 2017

Download the AAPD’s 2017 Legislative and Regulatory Priorities as developed by the AAPD Council on Government Affairs and approved by the AAPD’s board of trustees.

New Medicaid RAC Audit Reform Law in Nebraska

2015

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. 

New FY 2015 Pediatric Dentistry Title VII Grants Awarded

2015

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. 

Federal Judge Rules that Florida Medicaid Program Violates Federal Law

2015

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. 

Medicaid RAC Audits Pose Threat to Children’s Access to Oral Health Care

2014

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 AAPD Applauds Treasury’s Proposed Rule on an ACA Dental Premium Tax Credit

2016

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.

AAPD and ADA Urge Transparency for ACA Pediatric Dental Benefits

2015

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.

AAPD and ADA Comment on Federal Regulations for Pediatric Dental Benefits in 2015

2013

On Dec. 18, 2013, the AAPD and the ADA filed joint comments with CMS concerning their proposed rule on benefit and payment parameters for 2015 as they apply to stand-alone dental plan (SADP) coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). 

AAPD and ADA Comment on Federal Basic Health Program Proposed Regulations

2013

On Nov. 25, 2013, the AAPD and the ADA filed comments with CMS concerning their proposed rule on Basic Health Programs (BHPs).  Such programs are an option for states beginning on Jan. 1, 2015, to cover individuals who do not qualify for Medicaid but whose income does not exceed 200 percent of the federal poverty level. 

Essential Health Benefits: AAPD and ADA Comment on Proposed Federal Regulations

2012

Pediatric oral health is defined under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) as an essential health benefit.  Health insurers in the individual and small group markets, inside or outside of state health insurance exchanges, must offer qualified health plans that cover ten categories of essential health benefits.

AAPD and ADA Comment to Federal Government on Federally-Facilitated Exchanges Guidance

2012

On August 3, 2012 the AAPD and ADA submitted comments in response to May 16, 2012 guidance issued by the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CCIIO) regarding federally-facilitated exchanges (FFE). 

AAPD and Organized Dentistry Coalition Urge Repeal of Medical Device Tax

2012

The AAPD and the Organized Dentistry Coalition, along with over 700 other organizations, sent a letter to the U.S. House of Representatives in June 2012 urging a repeal of the medical device tax contained in the Affordable Care Act.

Organized Dentistry Coalition Comments on Essential Health Benefits Guidance

2012

The AAPD, the American Dental Association, and other members of the Organized Dentistry Coalition (ODC) commented to the federal Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CCIIO) on Jan. 31, 2012, in response to draft guidance from this agency on essential health benefits (EHB).