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Medicaid adult dental reimbursement09 May 2019 - By Joanne E. Fontana and Catherine E. Lewis and Tory Carver - Article

This paper explores the relationships among a state’s adult Medicaid dental benefit, provider reimbursement, and dental care utilization rates.

Dental coverage in Medicare Advantage Plans: Nationwide market landscape16 November 2018 - By Joanne E. Fontana - Article

Dental services aren’t included in standard Medicare benefits, leaving seniors and other Medicare recipients with a dental coverage gap.

Value proposition of teledentistry: Cost savings, improved services, and more05 July 2018 - By Joanne E. Fontana and Donna Wix - Article

This article explores the value proposition that teledentistry could provide to dental plans, dental providers, disease management programs, and populations lacking adequate oral healthcare.

GASB 74/75: Impact on small government employers21 May 2018 - By Joanne E. Fontana - Article

This article reviews the Alternative Measurement Method, which is used by small government employers in lieu of an actuarial valuation, and discusses the important changes relevant to small government employers as GASB 74/75 takes effect.

Removal of Actuarial Value requirements for ACA-compliant pediatric standalone dental plans19 January 2018 - By Joanne E. Fontana - Article

This article reviews a significant change affecting dental benefit plans—namely, removing Actuarial Value (AV) requirements for ACA-compliant standalone pediatric dental plans—which will be critical for dental issuers to understand and act on as the 2019 pricing cycle begins.

Here we go again: Potential impact of healthcare reform on dental insurance08 May 2017 - By Joanne E. Fontana - Article

As changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act or elimination of some of its provisions could potentially be enacted in the coming months, the dental benefits industry again must determine how to succeed in this evolving environment.

Impact of Changing ACA Age Rating Structure31 January 2017 - By Joanne E. Fontana and Sean S. Hilton and Thomas D. Murawski - Article

This research paper reviews individual market premium-setting rules prior to and after the advent of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care act and summarizes existing research of various age banding restrictions on health insurance premiums and enrollment.

Healthcare reform: What about dental?06 March 2012 - By Joanne E. Fontana - Article
Healthcare reform will have a major impact on how dental insurance is offered, what services are covered, and the cost of coverage.Lessons for GASB 45 valuations: Questions remain on OPEB, particularly for smaller governments01 January 2011 - By Joanne E. Fontana - Article
The answers to some common questions about GASB 45 compliance.Risk adjustment: Health calculus for the reform environment28 June 2010 - By Joanne E. Fontana and Rong Yi - Article
Risk adjustment is poised to play a critical role in the implementation of healthcare reform.
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