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Jun 5 2020
The Ohio Dental Association recently launched a radio and digital advertising campaign about seeing a dentist in our post-COVID world. The radio ad explains how regular dental care ensures that we have good oral health and good overall health. It also discusses some of the new safety measures that may be in place at dental offices in Ohio. The ad ... [continue reading]
May 29 2020
On May 27, Representative Bill Roemer (R-Richfield) introduced legislation that would require dental insurers to pay for a portion of expenses related to dentists’ additional PPE costs in light of the current COVID-19 pandemic. House Bill 681 requires that health benefit plans that provide coverage for dental care services “shall ... [continue reading]
May 29 2020
Representative Jon Cross (R-Kenton) recently introduced House Bill 623, which would permit Ohioans to take a temporary state income tax deduction for out-of-pocket dental expenses.   ODA president Dr. Sharon Parsons expressed appreciation for Representative Cross’ willingness to introduce the tax deduction bill. She pointed ... [continue reading]
May 19 2020
The Ohio Dental Association has been working on your behalf throughout the coronavirus pandemic. We know this is a difficult time for you and your practice. We place a high priority on providing accurate, trusted information to you and advocating on your behalf with state leaders as well as insurance companies. Last month, we shared a list of ... [continue reading]
May 19 2020
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced that dental offices could reopen for elective procedures beginning May 1. The Ohio State Dental Board released specific guidelines for dental practices to follow during the COVID-19 pandemic. The OSDB’s statement – issued on April 28, 2020 is reproduced below. “As per the Governor’s ... [continue reading]
May 19 2020
The Ohio House of Representatives' newly created 2020 Economic Recovery Task Force, made up of a bipartisan cross section of 24 members of the Ohio House of Representatives, held deliberations on creating a framework for how Ohio could begin to lift restrictions on businesses. The task force has heard from health care experts on the models and ... [continue reading]
May 19 2020
As I write this, we have just gotten word that dental offices can reopen. We are all learning about what the “new normal” will look like for our practices. We had been closed for over a month. Besides nearly constant emails, texts, calls and conference calls, I have done lots of laundry, cleaning and cooking. My dog, Bear, is thrilled ... [continue reading]
May 19 2020
Dear ODA Members, For what it’s worth, I sure do miss you all. Face to face stuff – you know what I mean. Not partaking in the ODA Leadership Institute and now having to turn the ODA Foundation annual meeting with the Executive Committee into the electronic give-and-take of a conference call. Once again, giving up the golden ... [continue reading]
May 19 2020
Over the last few months I have spoken with many of you over the phone or through email. The one constant in all of those conversations is that change is inevitable. It seems like in the first few weeks of the coronavirus pandemic information could go stale between morning and afternoon phone calls. It seems that every time we get information to ... [continue reading]
May 19 2020
  Even before Ohio dentists were permitted to re-open their dental offices to provide more than just emergency only dental care, there was much discussion about the increased costs that dentists would incur in order to provide dental care in the current and post COVID-19 era. These discussions have involved not only increased costs but also ... [continue reading]
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