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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                         July 5, 2013 Contact: Rep. Joan Ballweg                                                                (888) 534-0041
 
Ballweg Dental Services Bill Signed
Governor Walker Signs AB 109 into Law

Madison… State Representative Joan Ballweg (R-Markesan) released the following statement following the governor signing Assembly Bill 109, the dental services bill.
 
“I’d like to thank the governor for signing AB 109 today. This bill represents a compromise between the Wisconsin Dental Association (WDA) and the Alliance of Health Insurers (AHI). I believe society is best served when the prices are directly related to the costs of provided services and not set by a third-party who doesn’t pay for it,” Ballweg stated.
 
This legislation is to protect consumers from some dental benefit plans that attempt to set price schedules on services that are not covered by the dental plan itself. In an effort to foster greater transparency in actual costs of providing dental services, AB 109 prohibits a dental benefit plan from setting fees for services the plan does not actually cover.
 
Dr. David Clemens, DDS, of Wisconsin Dells said, “As a board member of the Wisconsin Dental Association, I’m pleased to see the governor’s support of AB 109. The recent push to cost-shifting at the benefit of the corporate insurance plan is not in the public’s best interest. I thank Rep. Ballweg for her leadership in helping protect dentistry patients from this ‘hidden tax’.”
 
To reach Rep. Ballweg, call (888) 534-0041 or email Rep.Ballweg@legis.wi.gov. Follow the 41st Assembly District by liking the Wisconsin State Representative Joan Ballweg Facebook page.
 
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