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On Thursday, the ADA urged Senate and House leaders to make significant improvements to existing law in order to help reduce the growing burden of student loans on graduate students.
ADA grassroots members this week received an Action Alert asking them to support legislation that would make permanent the Sec. 179 tax provision that is important to dental practices, both as small businesses and as providers of care.
A few notable items from President Obama’s fiscal year 2016 budget.
The ADA is lobbying for passage of Rep. Paul Gosar’s (R-Ariz.) Competitive Health Insurance Reform Act (H.R. 494).
Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.), recently introduced H.R. 509, the Student Loan Interest Deduction Act that would expand the federal income tax deduction for student loan interest.
Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) this week reintroduced his legislation to authorize the Federal Trade Commission and the Justice Department to enforce the federal antitrust laws against health insurance companies engaged in anticompetitive conduct.
Reps. Mike Simpson (R-Idaho) and Robin Kelly (D-Ill.) this week introduced the Action for Dental Health Act of 2015 (H.R. 539) a bill to support efforts nationwide to improve the dental health of underserved people.
ADA President Dr. Kathleen O'Loughlin and Washington Office staff met with CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner last week to discuss issues important to the dental community, including the Medicare Part D opt-out provision, Medicaid reform and RAC audits.
Just before leaving for its winter break Congress passed the Tax Increase Prevention Act (H.R. 5771), which extends the Sec. 179 expensing tax provision for 2014. The president signed the measure on Dec. 19.
This past May the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published a final rule that requires dentists who prescribe Part D covered drugs to be enrolled in Medicare or opt out for those prescriptions to be covered under Part D.
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