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MCNA Dental began serving members enrolled in the Iowa Dental Wellness Plan (DWP) on August 1, 2016, as a dental benefits administrator contracted with the Iowa Department of Human Services. The DWP offers coverage for comprehensive dental benefits to Iowa residents enrolled in the Iowa Health and Wellness Plan.
"We are proud to partner with the Iowa dental community to provide dental benefits and services to members of the Iowa Dental Wellness Plan. Our goal is to offer a choice for quality dental care to these members, supported by the power of our comprehensive Outreach Program," said Shannon Boggs-Turner, Vice President of Operations for MCNA Dental. "MCNA Dental is committed to working with our network of providers to make a positive impact on the oral health of our members."
MCNA Dental is committed to improving oral health outcomes for life through the provision of responsible, high-quality dental health care supported by our fully coordinated Outreach Program. All outreach activities are targeted to reach our members in the communities where they live. MCNA's proactive team provides oral health education and actively assists members in accessing the dental services they need.
MCNA Dental is providing over $25,000 in donations to assist flood victims and dental providers in the 20 parishes of Louisiana declared a federal disaster due to recent record flooding across the state. Additional resources are being made available to assist our participating dentists in their rebuilding efforts, so they can open their offices as quickly as possible.
MCNA Dental provides dental services to children and adults enrolled in Louisiana's Medicaid and CHIP programs.
In partnership with the Louisiana State University School of Dentistry, MCNA Dental has provided 4,000 dental hygiene kits to the university for those families who have been left homeless and are being temporarily housed in shelters around the state.
MCNA is also proud to support the efforts of Governor Edwards by donating to the Louisiana Red Cross to help families in need of temporary housing, food, clothing and other necessities, according to Dr. Jeffrey Feingold, President, CEO, and Founder of MCNA Dental.
"Our family, friends, and colleagues have been affected by the flooding. As a graduate of Tulane University, a piece of my heart has always been in Louisiana," said Dr. Feingold. "We will be there to support their recovery."
The Louisiana Red Cross helps people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies every day. Prevention is taught in schools, at public events and at speaking engagements. Preparations take place with training for CPR, first aid and more. Volunteers are called to the scene of emergencies to give food, clothing, shelter, and comfort to all people who are affected by disasters.
MCNA Dental’s founder and Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Jeffrey Feingold, recommends flossing once per day as a part of a responsible oral hygiene regimen that, when paired with professional cleanings and twice-daily tooth brushing with fluoride toothpaste, protects teeth and gums by removing harmful plaque and bacteria. MCNA Dental joins the American Dental Association (ADA) and the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) in publicly reaffirming the importance of daily flossing as a way to interrupt and remove plaque and bacteria below the gum line.
As a Florida-licensed Periodontist and Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology, Dr. Feingold agrees with official statements made by the ADA concerning flossing. He is making this statement in response to a recent Washington Post article that questioned the strength of clinical evidence supporting the efficacy of the practice (https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/medical-benefits-of-dental-floss-unproven/2016/08/02/ea2e991a-5866-11e6-8b48-0cb344221131_story.html).
According to the ADA, understanding and practicing the proper technique for cleaning between teeth with floss or another type of interdental cleaner is key to its effectiveness. The ADA recommends that all children and adults ask their dentists about the proper technique to ensure the best results. For more information about the use of floss and other interdental cleaners, visit www.MouthHealthy.org.
MCNA Dental's founder and CEO, Dr. Jeffrey Feingold, attended the unveiling of the portrait of Former Texas Governor Rick Perry at the Texas Capitol Rotunda in Austin on May 6. Dr. Feingold and Mrs. Barbara Feingold, Vice President of MCNA Dental, were present to support former Governor Perry and celebrate his outstanding service to the great State of Texas. The presentation of the portrait and its placement in the Rotunda follow a long-standing tradition honoring the state's governors.
Former Governor Perry serves as a Director on the MCNA Insurance Company Board of Directors. He was the longest serving governor in the history of Texas, serving from December 2000 to January 2015. He left office to pursue the presidential candidacy and has since become an important conservative leader in national politics.
"I congratulate former Governor Perry for this momentous honor; I have always been personally inspired by the way he embraces innovation and growth while still remaining true to his Texas roots. I took great pride in bearing witness to the placement of his portrait in its rightful place within the Texas Capitol, marking his transformative contributions to the history of this great state. His entire career, from service to our country in the US Air Force to his final election to the office of Governor of Texas, speaks of the type of hard work, dedication, and spirit of continual improvement we value at MCNA Dental," said Dr. Feingold. "On behalf of everyone at MCNA Dental, I can heartily say we are so fortunate to have him as a part of our team."
The event was attended by hundreds of friends, supporters, and family members including Governor Greg Abbott, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, and Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives Joe Straus. The portrait was painted by Fort Worth, Texas, painter James Tennison. It has been placed in the Texas Capitol Rotunda on the first floor next to the portrait of Former Governor George W. Bush.
MCNA Dental announced that it was awarded a contract with the Florida Healthy Kids Corporation to continue providing dental benefits for children enrolled in the Florida Healthy Kids Program (the Florida CHIP Program). MCNA Dental first contracted with the Florida Healthy Kids Corporation in 2005 and has since won multiple consecutive contract renewals. The most recent award was announced January 27, 2016, with the new contract going into effect July 1.
"We look forward to continuing to work with the Florida Healthy Kids Corporation and the dentists and specialists who provide the dental care and services that improve oral health outcomes for Florida's children," said Dr. Jeffrey Feingold, Chairman, President, and CEO of MCNA Dental. "We have renewed our commitment to the early detection and prevention of oral disease, helping children enjoy improved overall wellness and ongoing good health."
"Everyone at MCNA Dental is proud of the long and successful working relationship we share with the Florida Healthy Kids Corporation. They are an outstanding partner in our mission to provide key preventive dental care and services to children across Florida," said Shannon-Boggs Turner, Vice President of Operations for MCNA Dental.
MCNA Dental provides Florida Healthy Kids Program participants with access to comprehensive dental care in addition to targeted case management services and community outreach activities. All MCNA Dental members will enjoy the continuation of their oral health care benefits with no interruption; program enrollees will be automatically reassigned to their current dental plan under the contract renewal.
MCNA Insurance Company, the largest privately held dental insurance company in the United States, announced the appointment of the Honorable Rick Perry to the Board of Directors. In addition to his participation on the Board, Mr. Perry serves as a high-level advisor to the executive leadership of the company on a range of strategic issues including governmental relations and business development.
MCNA's proven managed dental care model for state Medicaid and CHIP programs combines increased access through a broad network of participating General Dentists and Specialists supported by a state of the art technology platform and dedicated team of administrative professionals supporting their practices.
"Our primary mission has always been to deliver value to our clients through the administration of high quality dental care and services in a fiscally responsible manner," said Dr. Jeffrey Feingold, MCNA's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "This mission is critically important given the highly transformative state of dental care delivery in many state Medicaid programs. We are pleased to welcome Governor Perry to our Board of Directors. His extensive experience will contribute greatly to our strategy for growth throughout the United States."
Mr. Perry has a distinguished career in public service. He served as Governor of the State of Texas for 14 years, the longest serving governor in the state's history. While Governor, he served two terms as Chairman of the Republican Governors Association. He has also played an influential role in national politics as a two-time candidate for President of the United States of America. Mr. Perry's sensible fiscal policies and transparent, accountable leadership style produced a proven track record for job growth and economic success, and has become a model for cost savings and economic stability for other states to follow. His broad vision for health care delivery resulted in a successful restructuring of the Texas Medicaid Program and increased access to quality dental and medical care.
"I have known Dr. Feingold for quite some time, having enjoyed a successful professional relationship with MCNA since it became a dental benefit administrator for Texas Medicaid," said Mr. Perry. "I know from the experience of restructuring the Texas Medicaid Program that the delivery of dental benefits through a stand-alone managed dental care model works better and costs less. I am pleased to be able to join MCNA's leadership team and am excited about our opportunities to extend better dental care to the most vulnerable citizens of our nation."