The non-covered services 2013 Act 26 signed into law on July 5, 2013 by Gov. Scott Walker prohibits dental insurers from setting fees for services and procedures not paid for under a patient’s plan.
The objective of Definition of Dentistry legislation (2013 Senate Bill 413 and Assembly Bill 552) is to update Wisconsin’s definition by adopting language similar to the American Dental Association definition. This would allow dentists to perform procedures within the oral cavity, maxillofacial area and surrounding tissues and structures, as long as they perform only those procedures within their training, education and experience. This language removes specific procedures from the definition, giving more flexibility to dentists to provide treatment options and services based on the latest scientific and technological advances.
The objective of Mobile Dentistry legislation (2013 Senate Bill 573 and Assembly Bill 763) is to ensure all dental providers who deliver care in school or other temporary or mobile settings are held to a similar standard of care. This will help give patients (and parents/guardians) some assurances that there will be a method for contacting the provider after care is provided, that patients will have access to their dental records and there will be an effort to maintain continuity of care.