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UPDATE: Wis. Senate to take up Dental Insurance Changes

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

UPDATE: 5/7 at 10:48 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Wisconsin state Senate plans to vote on a bill with bipartisan support that would allow dentists to charge more for certain services not covered by an insurance plan.

The measure up for a Senate vote Tuesday cleared the Assembly in April despite opposition from the state's largest business lobbying group, Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce. It opposes the bill as an unwarranted government intrusion on business.

The Wisconsin Dental Association, which represents about 3,000 dentists statewide, supports the proposal. It would prohibit insurance companies from requiring dentists to charge in-network patients less for certain uncovered services.

It would affect any contracts entered into or modified after Jan. 1. About 30 other states have similar laws.

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ORIGINAL STORY: 5/7 at 7:30 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Wisconsin state Senate plans to vote on a bill with bipartisan support that would allow dentists to charge more for certain services by forcing changes in existing private contracts.

The measure up for a Senate vote Tuesday cleared the Assembly in April despite opposition from the state's largest business lobbying group, Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce. It opposes the bill as an unwarranted government intrusion on business.

The Wisconsin Dental Association, which represents about 3,000 dentists statewide, supports the proposal. It would force changes in existing contracts between dentists and insurers so that insurance companies can no longer require dentists to charge in-network patients less for certain services.

Current law allows insurance companies to negotiate with dentists to reduce prices charged to patients who are members of that insurance plan.


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