As a dentist, you know first-hand the importance of the doctor-patient relationship. However, this relationship can be severely jeopardized when dental insurers engage in anti-competitive practices like fee setting for services outside of a patient’s plan. While the majority of states have laws preventing this type of practice, many insurance plans are federally regulated, consequently allowing them to circumvent these free-market protections.
Representatives Dave Loebsack (D-IA) and Buddy Carter (R-GA) have introduced H.R. 3762, the bipartisan Dental and Optometric (DOC) Access Act, to prohibit dental benefits carriers from setting the fees contracted dentists may charge for “non-covered services”. Furthermore, plan contracts would be limited to two years, unless a doctor chooses to extend the contract for another term. Providers would also be given a private right of action that allows individual doctors to take offending plans directly to court.
Now is the time to contact your members of the House of Representatives to let them know the importance of bringing equity to the provider-insurer relationship to better provide care to patients. We need your help to advance this legislation through Congress and have it signed into law.