This Week in CHCACTion
November 20, 2017
This Week in CHCACTivities
The Power of Partnerships!
Over the past week, many oral health providers and advocates have been poring over the Department of Social Services’ newly proposed regulations on dental care for Medicaid enrollees.
These proposed regulations cover a broad swath of topics related to HUSKY dental care, including the specific services that can be billed/reimbursed, processes for school-based health centers and mobile vans to follow and the development/implementation of marketing plans for dental practices participating in Medicaid.
The responses to the proposed regulations demonstrate the power of partnerships and networks! Given the length of the regulations and competing priorities, a variety of stakeholders - including CHCACT, federally qualified health center administrative and dental leadership, the CT Oral Health Initiative, the CT Association of School-Based Health Centers, school based health center staff, legal services attorneys and other advocates - shared information about what they had read and how they had responded to that. As potential problem areas were identified, they were shared among networks, to gain additional insight and perspective.
CHCACT’s comments are here. Although the official comment period closes today, comments may still be accepted for the next few weeks. If you're interested in sending comments, you can email them to Melanie Dillon at DSS. Additionally, the Department may hold a public hearing, to allow a variety of stakeholders to speak in person about the pros and cons of each section of the proposal.
Stay tuned for more developments on the dental regulations! And please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
Have a happy Thanksgiving!
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This Week in Health Policy News
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11.17.17 Hartford Business Journal — Former Insurance Exec to Lead Community Health Center Association
11.16.17 Hartford Business Journal — OHCA OK’s Hartford HealthCare Deal
11.17.17 Kaiser Health News — Medicaid Expansion Takes a Bite Out of Medical Debt
11.16.17 CT NewsJunkie — CT Officials Pan Individual Mandate Repeal
11.17.17 Governing — As Congress Stalls on Children’s Health Insurance, States Warn of Cuts
11.16.17 NY Times — What States Can Learn from One Another on Health Care
11.15.17 Hartford Business Journal — UConn Doc: New Blood Pressure Guidelines Bode Well for Improved Diagnosis, Health