Protecting Dentists and Patients

Working in the legislative arena is often like the practice of preventative dentistry, it requires regular work and attention to many small details. When done well, the majority of potential problems can be remedied or prevented before they have a chance to take root and grow.

Legislative efforts also rely strongly on educational efforts – working to ensure legislators and regulators truly understand the issues, the potentials, and the cause and effect relationships of those items they consider. IDA continues to build and enhance relationships with legislators and regulators who are in a position to drive the state’s legislation and policy as it affects the delivery of quality oral healthcare.

IDA Board Identifies Medicaid as Top Legislative Priority for 2022

Medicaid One Pager_Page_1The IDA Board of Trustees approved the IDA Legislative Committee’s recommendation to pursue an increase in Medicaid reimbursement rates as the top legislative priority for the 2022 legislative session. This recommendation was built on the work of the IDA Medicaid Committee.
In early August IDA staff and lobbying team met with Iowa Department of Human Services Director Kelly Garcia and Iowa Medicaid Enterprise Director Liz Matney to discuss this priority. The discussion focused on ways to address the low reimbursement rates in the Dental Wellness Program (DWP) for both kids and adults.
In preparation for the 2022 legislative session, IDA created a fact sheet with talking points to stress the necessity of our ask to legislators. As the primary focus of this legislative session, IDA will advocate to increase Medicaid dental reimbursement rates. Download the fact sheet below to learn more about this priority. Contact IDA staff with questions or if you are interested in serving as a key contact to speak to legislators in your district on this issue.
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2021 Marks a Big Year for Dentistry in the Legislature

Dentistry had a successful year at the Statehouse, with two IDA-sponsored bills signed into law by Governor Reynolds. Below is an update on the 2021 IDA Legislative Priorities upon the conclusion of the legislative session in May:
  • Hawki Dental Benefits
  • Dental Wellness Plan & Medicaid Fee-for-Service
  • Do-It-Yourself Dentistry
  • Access to Care
  • Fluoridation Reporting Requirements
  • Increase State Funding for the Fulfilling Iowa’s Need for Dentists (FIND) Program