Connecticut proposes dental payer reform: 6 things to know

Connecticut has joined several other states to propose a medical loss ratio for dental payers, WSHU reported March 13.

Six things to know: 

1. HB 5813 would require dental insurance companies in the state to spend at least 85 percent of premiums on patient care or refund the difference to covered individuals and groups.

2. The bill was introduced by state Rep. Mary Mushinsky and is supported by the Connecticut State Dental Association.

3. The proposal comes after Massachusetts passed its own medical loss ratio in November.

4. Similar measures are being pursued in other states, including Illinois, Nevada and Oklahoma. 

5. The American Dental Association said Dec. 28 that it is working with state organizations in support of these measures and expects similar bills to be filed in about 20 states.

6. In a November ADA poll of more than 1,000 dentists, 83 percent of dentists indicated their support for requiring dental plans in their state to spend a percentage of premiums they collect on dental care for subscribers.

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