Indiana Dental Association | January 2021
Indiana General Assembly 2021 Update
The 2021 Indiana General Assembly is already into its third week. Below is a brief summary of dental-related legislation.

SB 03
Last week IDA Director of Government Affairs Shane Springer and IDA Member Dr. Shaun Matthews testified in front of the Senate Health and Provider Services Committee, speaking in support of SB 03. The bill deals with various telehealth matters, including confirming that teledentistry is allowed for dentists and hygienists. The bill is still in committee, but it has received broad support from organizations across the state.

HB 1079
This IDA bill, submitted by IDA member Rep. Denny Zent, updates the definition of dentistry and provides that a dentist may administer an immunization.

The bill also provides that a health insurance plan may not require a dental provider to accept payment via virtual credit card, along with other payment stipulations.

COVID Liability Legislation
Two versions of the COVID liability bill (SB 1 and HB 1002) are making their way through their respective houses. Both versions of the bill provide civil immunity for damages resulting from exposure of an individual to COVID-19 in various circumstances.

SB 330
SB 330, introduced last week, calls for the licensing of dental therapists and advanced dental therapists. The IDA is already working to stop this bill and may call on you and your colleagues for assistance.

HB 1021
This proposed program bill, submitted by Rep. Ethan Manning, establishes the health workforce student loan repayment program, the health workforce council, and the health workforce student loan repayment program fund for the purpose of providing funds to repay outstanding student loans of certain health providers who meet the program requirements.

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Legislative Survey Results
Thanks to all who completed our legislative priorities survey last month. The link below shows results of the survey.
Electronic Prescribing Mandate Now in Place
Approximately 750 Indiana dentists have enrolled in DrFirst’s iPrescribe app in order to be in compliance with the new controlled substance electronic prescription mandate that went into effect on January 1.

If you need help with the app, the Dr. First help desk number is 866-263-6512. Those interested in enrolling should go to

If you need to file a temporary waiver with the Indiana Board of Pharmacy Board to request an exemption from e-prescribing, visit
New Member Offer: ADA Visa Cards
The ADA is offering members two new rewards cards that offer excellent benefits, points and bonus points:

The ADA® Visa® Business Rewards Card has the perks of a business card designed with IDA member dentists in mind. Members earn up to 50,000 Bonus Points in the first year, including 5X points on ADA/IDA dues payments, and ADA purchases. The card also offers complimentary employee cards for spending control.

The ADA® Preferred Rewards Visa® Card is a personal use card for IDA member dentists and offers great benefits and valuable rewards. Members earn 20,000 Bonus Points after spending $5,000 in 90 days. Points add up fast, and the card also offers Zero Fraud Liability.

Click the button below to read more about this exclusive member benefit.
Take Our COVID Vaccine Survey
The COVID vaccine has been officially available to dental professionals for three weeks. IDA is polling members to find out how many of them and their staff have received the vaccine. Thank you for your participation in this brief survey.
Plan Forward Offering Webinar on Membership Plans
IDA vendor partner Plan Forward is offering a webinar discussing how technology can improve your office membership plan by making it easy to manage and grow.

Why Is Membership Software More Than a Recurring Payment System? will take place on Wednesday, February 3, at 1:15 p.m. EST. The webinar will touch on the top five features that make membership software more than just a recurring payment system.

Click the button below to register. Note that the registration page may load slowly.
Nominate Dental Stars for IDA Awards
If you know individuals who have done an outstanding job promoting, practicing or volunteering for the field of dentistry, nominate them for an IDA Award. These awards are presented during the IDA Midwest Dental Assembly and honor dentists, volunteers and dental professionals for their hard work and dedication.

All nominations for IDA Awards are due by March 1, 2021. Click the link below to visit our awards page and nomination form.