Legislation introduced to prohibit insurers from interfering in dentist-patient relationships

Legislation that would increase access to dental care and give dentists and patients more input in healthcare decisions was reintroduced in the Senate.

Currently, 45 states have laws that limit interference from insurers in doctor-patient relationships when services are delivered that are not covered. However, many insurance plans are regulated by federal law and not at the state level, according to a May 8 news release from the American Dental Association. 

The law would prohibit insurers from dictating the prices for dental services that they do not cover, giving more autonomy and authority to dentists to provide more comprehensive dental care. 

The legislation would be similar to the state laws and would apply to federally regulated plans. 

The bill was reintroduced by U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Kevin Cramer, the release said.

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