One of the busiest times of the year has come and gone in the Ohio legislature. The biennial operating budget (House Bill 110) has passed the House and Senate and has been signed by the governor. The budget has to be passed by July 1 in order for the state to continue to operate. The main purpose of the budget is to allocate money to departments ... [continue reading]
Dr. Hal Jeter attends a meeting during the ODA Virtual Day at the Statehouse with Dr. Hans Guter and Dr. Scott Balzer and staff members from the office of Sen. Bob Peterson (R-Washington Courthouse). They were joined on the call by Eric Richmond, ODA director of legal and legislative ... [continue reading]
Strength in numbers may be an odd term for dentists since we spend most of our time in a one-on-one relationship with our patients. Many of us practice in solo offices, some of us practice in partnerships with a few other dentists and more and more of us practice in larger group dental practices. When we consider the size of our state government ... [continue reading]
When this article reaches the press many of you will have already met with your legislators in this year’s Ohio Dental Association Day at the Statehouse, while some of you may have meetings later this month. I want to thank those who participated and make sure that all members are aware of the important function this day serves. I am hopeful ... [continue reading]
After a difficult 2020, the Ohio Dental Association has a lot in store for 2021. As 2021 kicks off, we are continuing to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic as well as regulations in Ohio that ... [continue reading]
As each year comes to pass it is important to review the year for successes and places for improvement in the coming year. The only issue that this year presents is that it feels like it was closer to a decade than 365 days. In an ever-changing landscape 2020 has presented many challenges and in this article I am going to try to capture the ... [continue reading]
Ohio Dental Association Executive Director David Owsiany recently provided testimony to the Ohio House Civil Justice Committee in favor of legislation providing certain professionals and businesses qualified immunity from civil liability and other professional discipline for actions taken related to the current coronavirus pandemic.
Owsiany told ... [continue reading]
Representative Bill Roemer (R-Richfield) recently 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 provide a ... [continue reading]
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 out that “while ... [continue reading]
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