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.
IDA Addresses the Uncertainty of Leased Networks
Many dentists across Iowa have similar stories to what IDA President, Dr. Jim Larsen, shares in the video below. Dentists should not have to participate in dental insurance networks they never contracted with. The practice of network leasing creates confusion because you do not know what the fees and conditions of the third party dental insurer are. You should have total control over the dental insurance networks you are a part of.
IDA is working on legislation this session to give you control over the networks you join. This legislation will require dental insurers to notify you if they lease their networks to third party insurers and allow you to opt out.
Have you ever discovered you are a provider in a network you never contracted with? Have you had to work to no longer be a provider for an insurance you never signed up for? Send your stories to Josh Carpenter, IDA Government Affairs Director, to help him show legislators the negative impact network leasing had on you as a healthcare provider and small business.