Today, U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) released the following statement after introducing H.R. 1677, the Dental Insurance Fairness Act of 2015, supported by 21 bipartisan cosponsors:
“Too many Americans are still unable to get vital dental care ensuring good oral and overall health. As a practicing dentist for more than 25 years, and one of three dentists in Congress, I know firsthand that dental benefit plans are not serving the best interests of consumers. A rise in unfair practices which limit coordination of insurance benefits has resulted in dental beneficiaries not receiving the full coverage to which they are entitled.
“My legislation, introduced today, will provide uniform coordination of benefits as well as permit consumers to designate payment of dental benefits to a provider who is not participating in their network. This commonsense bill will ensure hard-working American families are receiving the full value of their dental coverage and payments. This will result in creating a more equitable system for dental patients and one that makes dental care more affordable and accessible for consumers.
“The biggest problem we face with healthcare today is the growth of policies and practices that impede patient access to care they need. This patient-centered legislation will improve access to quality dental care and empower consumers to make their own choices regarding oral health based on what is best for themselves and their families. My bill supports reforms that rightfully return the focus of healthcare to the patient, not their insurance company.”
The full text of the Dental Insurance Fairness Act can be found HERE.
Congressman Gosar was joined by twenty-one other cosponsors in introducing this bipartisan legislation including Representatives: Mark Amodei, Brian Babin, Earl Blumenauer, William Lacy Clay, Sam Farr, Morgan Griffith, Joseph Heck, Jared Huffman, Walter B. Jones, Mike Kelly, Zoe Lofgren, Mark Meadows, Luke Messer, Ed Perlmutter, Phil Roe, Matt Salmon, David Scott, Steve Stivers, Scott Tipton, Ted Yoho, Don Young
The bill is supported by the American Dental Association.