Health reform will offer major changes in the arena of dental care; the bill that has been offered by the United States Congress for healthcare reform will have a lasting effect on the field of dentistry and the type of dental care that people receive.
There promises to be a huge expansion of coverage for individuals in need of dental care once health reform is initiated. The healthcare reform bill looks very promising for people who have long awaited adequate coverage for their dental needs.
Children will get greater dental care because the health reform options are seeking to cover all children in the United States today. Funding will possibly be offered for professionals within the industry seeking to further their education in the field of dentistry too; this means more qualified dentists to treat more individuals who receive coverage via the healthcare reform bill.
Dental education funding will span the gamut of offering funding to special programs to help educate the public about adequate oral hygiene practices too. There will possibly be more funding offered for research in dentistry and the passage of the bill will forever change the field of dentistry.
When the bill is passed more and more children will be walking through the doors of their local dentist offices. These covered visits will ensure adequate oral care, preventative measures early on, and less need for emergency dental treatments.
The health reform bill is still being considered by the Senate now that it has made its way through the House of Representatives. Very little has been altered in terms of the original suggestions offered in the bill pertaining to dentistry, and when passed many people will be getting dental coverage that they could not possibly afford before.
There are some organizations that are working toward getting the health reform bill perfected before its passage. They are seeking to get special protections for consumers who will ultimately receive coverage from the bill.
Still other organizations like the American Dental Association are opposing the bill outright since it lacks wording that will deal with insurance fee capping issues, that fails to address necessary limits on spending accounts that are flexible, and that ignores the need to expand benefits offered under Medicaid which could potentially expand the treatment that many adults receive.
So far, the bill, as it is, has been passed by the Senate in late December of 2009. The bill in terms of health reform demands that all people in the United States have health insurance or that they run the risk of having to pay a penalty, applies a minimum to insurance plans that are new and it further puts a stop to insurance company’s denying people that have conditions that are pre-existing. The healthcare reform bill also offers special funds for those people that cannot possibly afford to get insurance.
The more than 150 page health care bill will definitely change dentistry forever. Any business that has over 50 people employed could be fined as much as $2,000 for every person that is without insurance.
This bill promises to ban lifetime limitations on payouts by insurance carriers and puts and end to insurance companies canceling insurance on people that become ill by the year 2014; the reconciled bill changes this date to as little as six months after its passage.
Limits are being placed on co-payment fees and while this type of limitation has not been applied in the field of dentistry, the consumer protections for dentistry have yet to be defined.
Ultimately, the health care reform bill will change the way dentists operate and who gets treatment: there is promising parts of the bill and parts of the bill that still need to be worked out.