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Dr. Faiella introduces ACA Q&A


Dr. Faiella
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has the potential to reshape health care in America. The ADA was there in 2009 when "health care reform" consisted of just a few proposals, and we have remained involved in the legislative process and, more recently, the implementation phase. The Association's primary focus has been ACA's potential effects on dentistry and the delivery of dental services to our patients.

The ACA rollout will continue well into the future with the formation of health benefit exchanges (or marketplaces) and adjustments to the system at federal and state levels. Expansion of medical insurance coverage, a move toward more integrated care delivery and significant changes in health care financing are expected.

In the Aug. 5 print edition of the ADA News and online, we are offering the first in a series of Q-and-A sessions on the ACA and its potential effect on dentistry and the oral health of the American public. We begin with some preliminary questions regarding ACA implementation and a short retrospective look.

Additional Q-and-A articles will be published on a regular basis. We will look ahead to potential effects in 2014 and beyond. Going forward, it is very important that we answer the questions of most concern to you, our members.

To facilitate this dialogue, please send any ACA implementation questions to the following email address: healthreform@ada.org.  We will do our best to answer your questions and share that information in subsequent Q-and-A articles.

Robert A. Faiella, D.M.D., M.M.Sc.
President, American Dental Association