PDA Takes United Concordia Dental to PA Insurance Commissioner

In response to United Concordia Dental's (UCCI) recent decision to reduce fees, PDA is aggressively protecting our members’ best interests by immediately pursuing a state investigation of this highly questionable action. Hearing your growing and serious concerns, PDA’s legal counsel sent a letter to the Commissioner of the Pennsylvania Department of Insurance requesting an investigation of dental insurers’ unfair policies, arguing that the uneven playing field in which insurers dominate is detrimental to both dental providers and the patients they serve.

PDA will continue to work on your behalf, making sure that policymakers understand how dental insurers’ egregious practices impact dentists and your ability to render quality care, and the need for them to investigate and hold these insurers accountable. Please stay tuned to PDA publications and emails as we monitor this issue and determine further appropriate action to take on our members' behalf.

PDA expends a significant amount of resources advocating on your behalf in regards to third-party payer issues in the legislative and regulatory arenas. Recently, we succeeded in passing legislation requiring insurers to cover general anesthesia when needed for dental care and a prohibition of insurers capping what dentists may charge for non-covered services. Currently, we are at the forefront of lobbying for legislation that would require assignment of dental benefits and a limitation to how far back insurers may retroactively review and deny claims that have already been paid.

Our work has now shifted to the Governor's Administration and the regulatory front, where we will make our members’ concerns with UCCI a top priority.