Santucci, House Pass Legislation to End Artificial Cap on Dental Insurance


Santucci, House Pass Legislation to End Artificial Cap on Dental Insurance

State Representative Michael Santucci (R-Bristol) and the Connecticut House of Representatives have passed legislation that would eliminate the artificial cap on dental insurance coverage in Connecticut. The bill, HB 6170, was approved by the House on a bipartisan vote of 140-3. Under current law, dental insurance policies in Connecticut are limited to a maximum annual benefit of $1,500 per person. This cap has been criticized by dentists and consumers alike, who argue that it limits access to necessary dental care and can lead to financial hardship for those with extensive dental needs. “This arbitrary cap is outdated and unfair,” said Rep. Santucci. “It makes it difficult for families to afford the dental care they need, and it can lead to serious health problems down the road.” HB 6170 would remove the annual benefit cap and allow dental insurance companies to offer plans with higher coverage limits. It would also require insurance companies to provide consumers with clear and concise information about their dental benefits. The bill has been praised by the Connecticut State Dental Association, which called it “a significant step forward in improving access to affordable dental care in Connecticut.” “This bill will give consumers more choice and control over their dental care,” said Dr. Douglas Ritter, president of the Connecticut State Dental Association. “It will also help to reduce the financial burden of dental care for families across the state.” The bill now heads to the state Senate for consideration.Ohio Legislation Addresses Dental Industry Practices

Ohio Legislation Addresses Dental Industry Practices

Ohio’s Senate has passed legislation supported by State Rep. Nick Santucci that seeks to end the practice of arbitrary fee capping by insurance companies in the dental industry. This measure aims to protect dental providers and ensure fair reimbursement for their services. Rep. Santucci introduced a companion bill in the House of Representatives to address what he described as “unethical” dental insurance practices. The legislation allows dentists to negotiate fees for services directly with patients if they are not covered by insurance. Prior to performing any work, dentists must provide patients with an estimated price for each dental service. Additionally, Ohio will join the Dentist and Dental Hygienist Compact, facilitating interstate practice for licensed dentists and dental hygienists. The legislation now awaits Governor DeWine’s approval. For further information, individuals can contact Rep. Santucci’s office at 614-466-5441 or via email at (email protected).Congressman Santucci introduced legislation to remove the artificial cap on dental insurance. This cap limits the amount of money that dental insurance companies are required to pay for covered services, which can leave patients with significant out-of-pocket costs. The legislation passed the House of Representatives with bipartisan support and is now being considered by the Senate. Santucci argued that the cap is unfair to patients and that it limits access to necessary dental care. “Dental care is an essential part of overall health, and everyone deserves to have access to affordable, quality care,” he said. The legislation would remove the cap and allow dental insurance companies to set their own coverage limits. This would give patients more flexibility and choice in their dental insurance plans. The legislation has been praised by consumer advocates and dental professionals. The American Dental Association called the legislation “a victory for patients and a step in the right direction for oral health.” The legislation is now being considered by the Senate. It is unclear when the Senate will vote on the bill, but it is expected to pass with bipartisan support.


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