Court sides with Iowa dentists in billing case

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Posted: Saturday, May 18, 2013 12:00 am

IOWA CITY (AP) — Dentists can set their own fees on services that insurers do not reimburse, the Iowa Supreme Court ruled Friday in a decision that will mean higher out-of-pocket costs for patients.

The court's 7-0 ruling means dentists are not bound by the reduced fees included in the contracts they sign to be in an insurance company's provider network, when insurers do not reimburse them. In other words, patients will not receive their insurers' discounts when they have to pay on their own because of coverage limits in their plan.

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