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Welcome to the Iowa Dental Association

The Iowa Dental Association (IDA) is the premier professional association representing dentists in the state of Iowa. In existence since 1863, the IDA is home to over 1,800 Iowa dentists, which represents approximately 80% of the licensed dentists in the state.  

All IDA member dentists are not only members of the IDA, but also the American Dental Association (ADA) and their local district society.

IDA’s mission is to encourage the improvement of the health of the public, to promote the art and science of dentistry, and to represent the interests of the members of the dental profession and the public which it serves.  

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Eastern Iowa Dentists Advocate for Medicaid Reimbursement

Last week IDA highlighted news coverage featuring pleas from IDA President Dr. Zach Kouri (Des Moines) and Waterloo District Trustee Dr. Mike Stufflebeam (Marshalltown) to increase Dental Wellness Plan (DWP) reimbursement rates. This week eastern Iowa dentists took the spotlight, as IDA Medicaid Committee Chair Dr. Sara Stuefen (Vinton) and IDA member Dr. Brian Kim (Davenport) shared their own perspectives on the dental Medicaid program.
"When Medicaid reimbursements don’t cover overhead costs, dentists have no choice but to reduce the number of Medicaid patients they treat or stop treating Medicaid patients altogether," said Dr. Stuefen in an article for The Gazette. "What we are left with is a Medicaid system that requires patients to travel long distances, such as to the University of Iowa College of Dentistry, to receive care, when they could have received optimal dental care locally. In fact, I have several patients myself who have moved away but continue to come back to me in Vinton because they can’t find a Medicaid dentist in their area."

Dr. Kim echoed this sentiment in the Quad-City Times: "Iowa’s Medicaid program relies on private dental practices like mine as the primary partner to deliver high quality dental care to Medicaid enrollees, and I am happy to give back to the community that gives so much to me," Dr. Kim said. "However, because of the current levels of reimbursement, I can no longer accept new dental Medicaid patients since I lose money on almost all Medicaid care I provide. While I continue to provide comprehensive dental care to our existing Medicaid patients, the current Medicaid reimbursement rates have caused our office, like many others in the area, to make the difficult decision to stop accepting new dental Medicaid patients."
IDA continues to focus on increasing DWP reimbursement rates as the primary goal of the legislative session and will share updates on our advocacy efforts in the weekly IDA Today and Legislative Update e-newsletters.


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