Northeast Delta Dental Unwavered; the American Health Care Act (AHCA)

by | May 22, 2017 | Affordable Care Act | 0 comments

We have been paying special attention to the Affordable Care Act since its inception. Northeast Delta Dental continually evaluates possible changes written into the draft of the revision, called the American Health Care Act (AHCA). We are steady and vigorous in recognizing the possibility of modification as more information becomes available, however, the implications of any change are unclear at this time.

Although stand-alone dental insurance was never subject to the ACA’s individual mandate, I felt that it was imperative for us to develop plans that offer individuals coverage to increase access to dental care, at affordable rates. Northeast Delta Dental will continue to offer dental plans to individuals both on and off the ACA exchanges, unless and until the AHCA passes, and states in our region take action in response. In a world of uncertainty, we remain strong.

With the uncertainty of the American Health Care Act’s effects, I am involved in hosting a Forum titled “Health Care Costs – What Can We Do in New Hampshire?” at Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) on Wednesday May 24.  The event will address and share resources to help small businesses control costs and hold on to more of their earnings.

Speakers include New Hampshire Department of Insurance Commissioner, Roger Sevigny; New Hampshire Department of Insurance Legal Counsel, Jennifer Patterson; New Hampshire Department of Insurance Health Policy Legal Counsel, Tyler Brannen, Northeast Delta Dental President & CEO, Tom Raffio; Bedford Ambulatory Surgical Center Founder and CEO, Nick Vailas; Member Medical Chief Operating Officer, Nicole Lane; national health and wellness expert, Carol Phillips; Geneia LLC Chief Strategy Officer, Heather Lavoie; and UNH Health Law and Policy Director,  Lucy Hodder.

The event begins with coffee and networking at 8 a.m. The formal event begins at 9 a.m. through noontime.  Admission to the event is free and open to the public.  We we would be happy for you to join us.  Please RSVP to Patti Bernier at 603-223-1388 or

Tom Raffio
May 2017

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