November 16, 2011 11:12 ET

NADP Launches Digital Advocacy Campaign,

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwire - Nov 16, 2011) - Today, the National Association of Dental Plans (NADP) launched a digital advocacy campaign -- -- to ensure the U.S. Health and Human Services Department (HHS) allows "stand-alone" dental policies of Americans insured by small businesses to meet the requirements of the Essential Health Benefits Package for children's pediatric coverage.

The practical and political stakes could not be higher; 43.7 million employees and dependents through 1.65 million small businesses have dental health policies that are now vulnerable to disruption when the Exchanges become effective in 2014. In fact, 98% of all dental policies today are separate from medical coverage. The NADP 2011 Group Purchaser Behavior Study reveals more than 80 percent of all companies surveyed are likely to invest in -- or continue -- offering health benefits, including dental coverage, outside the Exchange.

The digital campaign will make clear that in order to deliver on the promise made by the Obama Administration that Americans can keep their current coverage and doctors; regulatory clarity is desperately needed within the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to protect these small business consumers' access to the dental plans they now enjoy whether purchasing coverage in the private market or through Exchanges.

"Parents employed by small business should have the same choices in dental policies as their peers in large firms," said Evelyn Ireland, NADP's Executive Director. "The campaign will demonstrate HHS has the authority to fix the regulatory uncertainty, and NADP has given policy makers the road map on how to do it." is also a dynamic online resource for regulators working to implement the Exchanges; providing them easy access to NADP's common-sense recommendations and background information, including:

  • An exclusive op-ed penned by NADP Executive Director, Evelyn Ireland
  • A comprehensive policy white paper entitled, "Offering Dental Benefits in Health Exchanges: A Roadmap for Federal and State Policymakers"
  • A select listing of relevant legislative advocacy & education resources

The campaign is another tangible example of NADP developing policy solutions to protect consumer access to the dental plans they now enjoy, as well as to expand access to a variety of affordable, high-quality dental policies in the Exchanges.

About NADP
National Association of Dental Plans (NADP), a Texas nonprofit corporation with headquarters in Dallas, Texas, is the "representative and recognized resource of the dental benefits industry." NADP is the only national trade organization that includes the full spectrum of dental benefits companies operating in the United States. NADP's members provide Dental HMO, Dental PPO, Dental Indemnity and Discount Dental products to 143 million Americans, approximately 90% of all Americans with dental benefits.

Contact Information

    Evelyn Ireland
    Executive Director
    (972) 458-6998, x101
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