Last week leaders from the IDA participated in the ADA House of Delegates, the body that oversees the policies for the ADA. Delegates reviewed and weighed in on more than 100 resolutions. Debate on the House floor related to the following policy topics:
- ADA members services
- Role of dentists in sleep therapy
- Workforce shortages
- Support for research funding
- Study of dental school demographics
- Insurance and third-party payers
- Legislative separation of medicine and dentistry
- Prioritizing mental health for dentists
IDA President and Delegate Dr. Zach Kouri from Des Moines took to the podium (pictured, above) to offer an amendment to a resolution regarding anesthesia coverage under health plans. The amendment added two key factors health plans should consider when a patient receives anesthesia: the complexity of the procedure and the behavior of patients during dental procedures. The final resolution adopted by the ADA House of Delegates reads:
The ADA supports the position that all health plans, including those governed by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, should be required to cover general anesthesia and/or hospital or outpatient surgical facility incurred by covered persons who receive dental treatment under anesthesia, due to documented complexity, behavioral, physical, mental or medical reasons as determined by the treating dentist(s) and/or physician.
IDA is part of the ADA's 10th District Caucus with Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota. IDA delegation included, from left to right, Drs. Brian Kim (Davenport), Chris Bogue (Carroll), IDA President Zach Kouri (Des Moines), IDA President-Elect John Arend (Independence), Carolyn Larsen (Davenport), IDA Vice President James Larsen (Davenport), and 10th District Vice-Chair Sara Stuefen (Vinton).