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Petrowski-authored dental bill passes Legislature

7:44 PM, May 8, 2013
Dentist Jess Schwantes, left, and dental assistant Nicole Hoffman examine a man at the Bridge Dental Clinic in Wausau in January. A bill that has passed the Legislature would bar insurance companies from setting prices for non-covered services, such as teeth whitening.
Dentist Jess Schwantes, left, and dental assistant Nicole Hoffman examine a man at the Bridge Dental Clinic in Wausau in January. A bill that has passed the Legislature would bar insurance companies from setting prices for non-covered services, such as teeth whitening.
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A bill authored by state Sen. Jerry Petrowski aimed at protecting local dentists from unfair insurance practices passed the state Legislature this week with broad bipartisan support.

The bill bars insurance companies from setting prices for services they do not cover in their insurance plans - services such as teeth-whitening and porcelain veneers typically fall into that category. Prices set by insurance companies might be lower than the actual cost of performing the service, said Petrowski, R-Stettin.

Proponents of this type of legislation say that allowing insurance companies to ...

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