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The National Institute for Dental and Craniofacial Research recently released its five-year plan. All major areas important to ADA members have been addressed in the draft strategic plan, including public health issues related to social, behavioral, and biological determinants of oral and dental disease.
Amending Employee Retirement and Income Security Act (H.R. 1798) would require all self-insured health plans that offer dental benefits to provide uniform coordination of benefits and would also require them to permit assignment of benefits. The bill also would permit consumers to designate payment of dental benefits to a provider who is not participating in the network.
The President signed the FY 2014 $1.1 trillion spending package January 17. The law will fund the government for the remainder of the fiscal year, until the end of September. Here are the major dental provisions in the spending measure: dental workforce, NIDCR, other Dental Programs, Military Dental Research, and Indian Health Service.
One tax relief measure that lawmakers did not see fit to enact for 2014 is an extension of the current Sec. 179 capital expenditure deduction for small businesses. The ADA continues to lobby higher limitations.
Rep. Dave Camp (R-Mich.), chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, to revise his draft tax reform proposal to retain the provision in the tax code allowing small businesses with $5 million or less in gross receipts to use a cash basis of accounting.
Twenty-six member organizations of the Friends of Indian Health, including the American Dental Association, the American Dental Education Association and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, asks all members of the House of Representatives to support H.R. 3391, the Indian Health Service Health Professions Tax Fairness Act.
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