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    But now the free clinic is shutting its doors, claiming its mission is done because its patients, now insured through Obamacare, are turning to primary care options instead of the clinic. Many of those patients have signed up for coverage under Arkansas’ alternative to the Affordable Care Act’s optional Medicaid expansion, which allows the state to use federal money for subsidies for those who ...

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    Dentists Reportedly Victims of Possible Tax Identity Theft


    While the ADA has heard from only one member, communications from several state dental societies have indicated members are among the taxpayers reporting that when they filed their federal taxes this year they learned their taxes had already been filed, most likely by an identity thief.
    Last week, the Michigan Dental Association alerted its members after receiving several calls, and the week before, concerns were raised about similar activity among member dentists in Indiana. Additionally, dentists in Ohio, Colorado, Maine and Connecticut may also be victims of identity theft.
    On April 10, the IRS announced a stepped-up coast-to-coast criminal investigation to combat identity theft and refund fraud by pursuing identity thieves, preventing fraudulent refunds from being issued and helping victims of this crime. Additional information can be found on the IRS website.
    There are a number of steps dentists can take if they learn their identity has been used to file a tax return:
    • Alert your own accountant and attorney as soon as possible. They can be helpful in the process.
    • Notify the IRS Identity Protection Specialized Unit at 800.908.4490. More information on reporting tax fraud to the IRS and additional steps to take is available online. You will need to complete Form 14039 and mail it with any other documentation to the IRS.
    • Notify the Federal Trade Commission online or by calling 877.438.4338.
    • Contact the three credit reporting agencies to place a fraud alert on your credit report: Equifax (800.525.6285), Experian (888.397.3742), and TransUnion (800.680.7289).
    • Notify local law enforcement and file a police report using the Identity Theft Report from the FTC.
    A resource with tips on how to protect yourself from identity theft is also available on ADA.org.
    Members are encouraged to contact the ADA Member Service Center at 800.621.8099 with questions or concerns.

    Dental Director Position Gets Green Light

    April 2, 2014

    The establishment of a state dental director position to provide leadership and direction for oral health care in California, a goal CDA has actively pursued for more than two years, will soon become a reality.
    Gov. Jerry Brown's 2014-15 budget revisions released Tuesday call for ongoing funding for a state dental director, who must be a licensed dentist, and an epidemiologist in the Department of Public Health to establish a state oral health program. The program, which will receive $474,000 the first year, will include assessing oral health needs in the state, developing and managing a state oral health plan, and applying for and managing federal and private grants to support oral health — funding that California is currently leaving on the table.
    "Governor Brown recognized the collective work and resounding support of CDA members for a state dental director and state oral health plan," said CDA President James Stephens, DDS. "Partnered with care provided by dentists across the state, the coordinated state oral health education and preventive programs led by a dental director will have a far-reaching impact on improving oral health for Californians."
    CDA made the establishment of a dental director the top priority of its access to care plan, Phased Strategies for Reducing the Barriers to Dental Care in California. This report was developed in 2011 as a comprehensive strategic approach to reducing barriers to oral health care for vulnerable Californians. Since that time, CDA actively engaged the governor's administration to secure support for this concept.
    In the governor's outline, which is modeled after CDA's proposal, the dental director will "create a high-level point of contact within the administration on dental health issues" and be specifically charged with developing a burden of disease report, leading the collaborative process to create a state oral health plan and managing ongoing implementation of that plan. The dental director's role will also include establishing prevention and oral health literacy projects, and working to secure funding for prevention-focused oral health and essential disease prevention services, particularly for children.
    The funding will now be incorporated into the 2014-15 state budget package that the Legislature must approve by June 15, before going into effect July 1. CDA will keep members informed about the hiring and progress of the state dental director through the eNewsletter, cda.org and the Update.

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