Johnny Carson once said, “Happiness is your dentist telling you it will not hurt and then nagki-him catch his hand in the drill.” With the medical device tax incurred under Obamacare, it is also said, “Happiness is the government saying new taxes not going to make dental care more expensive then once they catch their hand drill. “Obamacare, also known as the Affordable Care Act, signed into law on March 23 2010, the implementation of sweeping reform our health care system. One of the main goals of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is to make health care more readily available to those who have little or no access to it before.
People with Medicare now have free access to basic prevention services, and it is expected that every American will have access to affordable health care options in 2014. ACA will require insurance companies to offer a package of ten important benefits to customers, including emergency services, maternity and newborn care, and children’s services, among others. But while the ACA requires insurers to offer dental care for children, does not require insurers to offer general dental care public.
It estimated that by 2014, 5,300,000 children have access to dental coverage as a result of the Affordable Care act. As any dentist will tell you, the best time to start good oral hygiene early childhood – the younger, the better. For this reason, many children have access to dental care will only be useful, in terms of preventing gum disease and tooth decay. Families without employer-provided dental coverage will be able to get dental coverage either through small group plans or individual plans. Each state will be asked to set up an exchange where customers can shop for dental coverage. In exchange, the insurance companies will compete to provide mandatory benefits in an affordable price. It is still unclear, however, what the coverage will look from each country, and how it will compare coverage with private dental insurance. It is also not clear that the dentist will receive a coverage.
The ACA offers other potential benefits, including funds set aside for grants to train more dental hygienists and dental therapist, and offers loan programs payments for dentists who choose to work in underserved areas. ACA will also require the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), to establish an oral health campaign five years, with the aim of educating the public about the benefits of good oral health is practices.
Despite , however, is the potential increase in the cost of dental care has many in the industry concerned. Organized Dentistry Coalition estimates that the Affordable Care Act will lead to dental health services increased by $ 160 million per year. The reason for the increase was 2.3 percent tax on medical devices, the proposed tax to help fund Obamacare.
According the FDA, the device is a dental device “is used to maintain healthy teeth and treat dental problems. “includes crowns, bridges, dentures, implants, mouth guards, and materials for fillings. Medical device tax came into force January 1, 2013. The fear is that the amount of tax that is passed from medical device manufacturers to suppliers, from suppliers to the dental office, and finally to the customer. If the dental practice are forced to increase the cost of their services as a result of the tax, dental care becomes more expensive for customers. Dr. John Reitz said that removing the tax on medical devices such as “trying to pay for dental care by placing taxes on dental care.” In a hearing held on June 4, 2013, Representative Larry Bucshon (R-IN) called on the Obama administration to repeal the medical device tax. Indiana is home to a variety of medical device companies, which added $ 10000000000 to the economy annually. Rep. Bucshon showed that some medical device companies canceled plans to expand, citing a 2.3 percent tax imposed by Obamacare.
Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) called medical device tax “drain innovation, job creation and our ability to provide separate ground medical technology for patients. “Senator Hatch has sponsored size Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn) that would repeal the tax. The measure passed both the Senate and the House, showed remarkable bipartisan support. However, Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services, said the Obama administration does not intend to cancel tax.
So as the Affordable Care Act provides dental health benefits to millions of children who do not have access to otherwise, does not necessarily provide adult dental coverage. And although the main purpose of the ACA is to make healthcare more readily available to all Americans, 2.3 percent tax on medical devices will potentially make dental care more expensive in the end.