Pennsylvania Dental Journal March April 2018 - Page 10

G ove r n men t Re lat ions services upfront. Faced with this situation, many custodial parent postpone or avoid care altogether. This could also impact the dentist, who sympathizes with the parent and sees the child without requiring advanced payment. Often, these dentists are never paid. Patients residing in rural areas are placed at a disadvantage as there may only be a handful of dentists who are in-network. Patients may have to incur more traveling time and expense to seek treatment from an in-network provider, rather than being treated by a non-participating dentist who practices in closer proximity. Twenty-three other states have enacted assignment of benefits laws. 10 MA R CH/A P R I L 2018 | P EN N S YLVA N IA D EN TA L J O UR N A L