Deborah Yetter Louisville Courier Journal Published 1:08 p.m. UTC Jul 6, 2018 Two advocacy groups on Thursday called on the administration of Gov. Matt Bevin to ensure children and pregnant women are not affected by the state's abrupt decision to cut dental and vision benefits to nearly a half-million Kentuckians. The Kentucky Oral Health Coalition said in a statement it has received about a half-dozen reports directly from dentists that the cuts were resulting in "denial of routine dental care of eligible children and pregnant women." "Though these populations were supposed to be protected from coverage changes, errors have meant that children who show up for a dental visit have been turned away with unmet dental needs unnecessarily," the statement said. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates, said his organization also had received reports of denials of such care from "numerous dental providers across the state." … [Read more...] about Reports of denied dental care mount after Bevin’s Medicaid cuts
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Orbis Hotel Group, the largest network of hotels in Poland and Eastern Europe, signed an agreement for buying Mercure Bucharest Unirii hotel for EUR 11.35 million. The acquisition is in accordance with Orbis business strategy, consisting in allocating capital to the most promisiong markets. The seller is Dogariu family, that owns a dental care facility, has built the four star hotel Mercure Bucharest City Center in 2014. The hotel, operatoed by Accor, has 114 rooms, three conference halls and a restaurant. The builder was expecting to cover the investment in ten years. “Mercure Bucharest Unirii is a midscale, ideally located hotel – few steps from the old town and its iconic addresses and in the business area of the vibrant capital of Romania. As announced earlier, Romania is an attractive market with strong potential and this investment is offering long-term value and attractive investment yield,” says Gilles Clavie, president of the Management Board & CEO of … [Read more...] about Orbis Group bought Mercure Bucharest Unirii Hotel for EUR 11.35 million
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Priyanka Dayal McCluskey Globe Staff June 17, 2018 A year after sparring over payment rates, Massachusetts dentists and the state’s largest dental insurer have made peace.Delta Dental of Massachusetts is proposing changes to its coverage plans that dentists now support, even though the changes will require them to accept a pay cut.Last year, the company introduced a lower-cost plan that dentists said would slash their reimbursement rates by up to 30 percent. The move triggered an outcry among dentists, who worried about losing significant income — and the ability to hire for and invest in their practices. Advertisement Dentists feared that Delta Dental would aggressively sell the lower-cost plan, called Total Choice PPO, and phase out the Premier insurance plan, which they favored. Get Talking Points in your inbox: An afternoon recap of the … [Read more...] about Delta Dental, dentists find common ground on payment rates
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (June 1, 2018) — Many Kentuckians wrestle with healthcare expenses—and especially vision care—but find comfort in certain type of savings plans. Statistics show that many in the higher-income brackets understand how HSAs (health savings accounts) and FSAs (flexible spending accounts), in particular, can save them money, according to a Health Affairs Journal national report. An HSA is a personal savings account that can be funded with pre-tax dollars to be used for qualified medical, dental and vision expenses for those with a high-deductible health plan. The FSA is another method of that allows an employee to set aside money tax-free to pay for eligible expenses. HSA providers Health Equity and Optum Bank, a subsidiary of United Healthcare Group, have continued to grow in recent years. And many employers have assisted in that growth. The city of Lexington, for example, offers HSAs to its employees. So, it is good news that 2018 HSA changes only enhance … [Read more...] about A Guide to HSAs and FSAs: You can buy glasses with that?
The Federal Trade Commission says the nation’s three largest dental-product distributors, including Minnesota’s Patterson Cos., have been illegally restraining competition and distorting prices in the $10 billion market for products used by dentists. Gloves and cement, dental chairs and lights — all are offered with bulk discounts through large national dental-supply distributors, including Patterson of Mendota Heights, New York-based Henry Schein Inc., and Pennsylvania-based Benco Dental Supply Co. This week the FTC announced it was suing the distributors in federal administrative court for allegedly conspiring to restrain trade. The FTC alleges the distributors conspired to refuse to provide discounts to buying groups that negotiate bulk discounts on behalf of small and solo dental practices. “The alleged agreement among Benco, Henry Schein and Patterson deprived independent dentists of the benefits of participating in buying groups,” the FTC said in a … [Read more...] about Feds sue Patterson Cos., two others, accuses them of denying discounts to small dental offices