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ADA Endorses Bill to Remove Requirement that Dentists Enroll in Medicare in Order to Prescribe Medication

November 20, 2015

Rep. Kenny Marchant (R-Texas) this week introduced the ADA-supported Protecting Seniors Access to Proper Care Act (H.R. 4062), which would repeal the requirement that dentists who treat Medicare beneficiaries either enroll in or officially opt out of Medicare in order for their patients to continue to receive their Medicare Part D benefits.

On the regulatory side, the ADA continues to speak with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, seeking to eliminate the requirement for any dentist who is not billing Medicare for covered services but rather merely providing a Medicare enrolled patient with a prescription.  CMS delayed enforcement of the provision until June 1, 2016.

“The bill I have introduced today eliminates a costly Obamacare requirement that will layer more federal red tape onto doctors and threaten seniors’ access to prescription drugs they rely on,” said Rep. Marchant in a statement.

The four other original cosponsors of the legislation are Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.), Diane Black (R-Tenn.), Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), and Mike Thompson (D-Calif.).

The legislative text of the Protecting Seniors Access to Proper Care Act can be found here.