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Dentists could charge more for certain services under Assembly bill

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MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsin dentists can charge more for certain services, under a bill passed by the Assembly today on an 89-to-8 vote.

The measure would prohibit insurers from requiring dentists to charge less for services to patients in insurance networks.

The bill would force changes in existing contracts – and the state’s largest business group opposed the measure on those grounds.

The Wisconsin Manufacturers-and-Commerce group said the change would make the state less competitive – and the bill is actually an unwanted intrusion into private contracts on the government’s orders.

The state’s Dental Association said it would provide more honesty in billing – and it would stop shifting the costs of some services from one group of patients to another group.

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