The Ensuring Lasting Smiles Act was reintroduced in United States Congress in March 2019. If enacted, the bill will substantially limit private insurers’ ability to deny coverage for the medically necessary treatment of congenital anomalies, including cleft palate and craniofacial anomalies. Coverage denials are currently a barrier to care for these individuals, especially for patients residing in states lacking coverage mandates. The purpose of this article is to describe the issues underlying the proposed federal legislation and provide a policy discussion to better inform cleft and craniofacial providers about pending legislation relevant to their practice.
- insurance law