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Legislative and Regulatory Update

November 2013 Volume XLIX Number 6

Unless otherwise noted, for further information on any of these issues please contact Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel C. Scott Litch at (312) 337-2169 or slitch@aapd.org

FEDERAL NEWS Hold the Date: AAPD Public Policy Advocacy Conference

 

March 3-5, 2014 Washington, D.C.

 

The AAPD will once again support up to 50 AAPD members for attendance at the 2014 Public Policy Advocacy Conference (formerly known as "Lobby Days") on March 3-5, 2014. The program will begin with an orientation session and public policy briefing on Monday, March 3. Visits to congressional offices will be scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday March 4-5.

 

The AAPD Budget and Finance Committee, Executive Committee, Council on Government Affairs, and PAC Steering Committee, will meet on Sunday, March 2. AAPD covers the travel costs of these members, as well as each appointed state Public Policy Advocate.

 

There is a nominal, non-refundable registration fee of $50. The AAPD will cover attendees for three nights' hotel stay as well as hosted meals throughout the meeting including an AAPD PAC reception and dinner. Attendees are responsible for their airfare and related transportation costs, as well as additional hotel nights. Registration is first come, first served, with priority given to previous legislative workshop attendees, previous attendees, and AAPD members from states or districts of key members of Congress.

 

We once again welcome the participation of our post-doctoral resident members. Residents must be accompanied by a faculty member, preferably with previous experience in this activity. The faculty member must pay the registration fee; the fee will be waived for residents. Residents should not register as individuals; we prefer the faculty mentor to submit a list of residents to the AAPD. We anticipate being able to accommodate five to 10 programs.

 

Watch the AAPD E-news for the registration announcement! For further information, contact Margaret Bjerklie at mbj@aapd.org.
 

STATE NEWS

CDA Files Legal Action Against Delta Dental of California

The California Dental Association (CDA) announced on Aug. 14, 2013, that it had filed a lawsuit against Delta Dental of California. CDA is filing a demand for binding arbitration, based on a Delta notice of Aug. 1, 2013, informing providers of changes to key provisions in their agreements. The changes are: restricting dentists' ability to use arbitration to challenge Delta's actions; and eliminating current requirement that Delta provide justification for changing its reimbursement fees. CDA believe this is prelude to anticipated action by Delta to reduce fees without justification by the end of this year. CDA president (and pediatric dentist) Dr. Lindsey Robinson indicated that CDA is taking this legal action to ensure that Delta will honor its current contracts with dentists and continue to be required to justify reducing fees in the future. For more details see the CDA website at: http://www.cda.org/NewsEvents/Details/tabid/146/ArticleID/1754/CDA-provides-answers-about-Delta-Dental-legal-action.aspx.

 

Kentucky Public Policy Advocate Activity

 

Kentucky's state Public Policy Advocate Dr. Al Pelphrey (Pikeville, Ky.) reports some good progress on advocacy matters within the state. In July he met with the state's Secretary for the Cabinet of Health and Family Services, Audrey Haynes. Pelphrey was able to spend about an hour discussing a variety of issues and his role as PPA. One of the PPA program goals is to become a key resource for state policymakers on issues related to children's oral health. Pelphrey also spoke with the executive director of the Kentucky Board of Dentistry, and will be a regular attendee at future meetings of the board. Finally, in terms of assuring a great relationship and coordination with the state dental association, he will be making a presentation at the next executive board meeting of the Kentucky Dental Association. Thanks to Pelphrey for all these efforts!