What does Health Care Reform mean for you?
You may be wondering if Health Care Reform will impact you or your patients.
Fortunately, there really won’t be an impact to how you treat and provide care to your patients. You can expect the same level of service as before. Reimbursement and billing and claims practices will remain unchanged.
The ACA will have little impact on the vast majority of your patients.
Your patients who receive their health and dental benefits through work will probably continue to receive their benefits through work just like they do today.
Your patients who work for small businesses may see some changes.
Beginning in 2014, Health Care Reform imposed a new requirement on certain health benefits for most small business employers . For these businesses, medical carriers will be required to offer a medical plan consisting of essential health benefits. Pediatric dental benefits for children up to age 19 are part of the essential health benefits .
To help small businesses provide plans that comply with Health Care Reform, the ACA also requires each state to establish a health insurance marketplace or participate in the federal health insurance marketplace. Every small employer chooses whether to participate in one of the marketplaces or offer ACA-compliant insurance on their own.
So, some of your small-business patients may see changes to their dental plans or sign-up for dental benefits differently. But, again, that won't affect how you provide care or are reimbursed.
We will provide our participating dental providers with further details as they become available.
For more information, visit MetDental. If you are interested, you can read up on the ACA at HealthCare.gov, a website created by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, one of the federal agencies responsible for the implementation of the new law.