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WDIA NEWS · FALL 2014 · Special enrollment period on the Washington Exchange

Special enrollment period on the Washington Exchange for those who have experienced difficulty enrolling

Washington Healthplanfinder is offering a special enrollment period for people who have experienced difficulty enrolling in individual medical insurance through Washington’s Exchange, or who have had billing or payment issues.

The special enrollment period will run through November 14. Only people who attest to having enrollment, billing, or payment issues with an Exchange plan may change plans during this time.

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Reclassification of Hydrocodone Products

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has issued a final rule that reclassifies hydrocodone combination products (HCPs) such as Vicodin from Schedule III to Schedule II drugs. Effective October 6, 2014, this reclassification will have an impact on dentist’s ability to prescribe HCPs. Dentists that currently hold a Schedule III DEA registration will need to re-register with the DEA for Schedule II authority in order to continue prescribing hydrocodone combination products. 

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 WSDA office will reopen on Tuesday, September 2. Have a safe and happy holiday!


2014 Citizens of the Year: Drs. Amy Winston and Bart Johnson

Each year, WSDA members from across the state nominate one of their own to receive the Association’s highest honor, the Citizen of the Year Award. Steeped in tradition, the award honors the dentist who has displayed exemplary service to the community through civic/charitable activities, whether dental-related or not. 

This year, rather than choosing just one recipient, the Committee on Recognition chose two: Drs. Bart Johnson and Amy Winston, the workhorse partnership behind four charitable programs in Seattle (five, if you count the staggering amount of uncompensated care they provide at their private practice) designed to create access for some of the state’s most vulnerable populations — medically-complex and challenging patients, the poor and the uninsured, and patients with cancer and renal failure.

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