An Update on H.R. 4122, The Resident Education Deferred Interest (REDI) Act
The AAE supports the passage of the REDI Act – a measure meant to provide student loan relief. This proposal seeks to amend the Higher Education Act of 1965 to provide interest-free deferment on student loans for borrowers in a medical or dental internship or residency program. Unfortunately, this critical legislation didn’t pass during this session of Congress. The AAE is committed to working with stakeholders and members toward this critical reform in the upcoming Congressional session year. Additionally, the Association signed on to letters with other dental organizations.
Key Issues for AAE Advocacy
Reimbursement - Insurance and Coding
The AAE believes all patients deserve access to quality, affordable dental benefit coverage, and it is dedicated to working with policymakers, regulatory bodies, and other stakeholders to increase access and improve the way dental care is financed and managed.
Excellence in Endodontics
To ensure that patients get the best possible care, the AAE promotes endodontic competency, and a single standard of practice implemented by practitioners. This includes ensuring that both new pre-doc graduates and experienced general dentists understand their own abilities and when to refer for the best interest of the patient.
Specialty Rights - Status and Scope
The AAE fights to support the value that the advanced education and experience of an endodontist brings to patient care. In that vein, the AAE fights to protect patients from providers that misrepresent themselves as specialists or lack the proper credentialing.
The AAE recognizes the burden that student debt can play in the ability of new graduates to make practice decisions, including the ability to practice in underserved areas. It fights for responsible student loan reform and student debt relief.
Guardians of Public Oral Health
The AAE champions policies that promote good oral health, access to quality affordable care and works to enable endodontists to achieve the best patient outcomes. We support for the Responsible Additions and Increases to Sustain Employee (RAISE) Health Benefits Act of 2019. Flexible spending accounts (FSAs) allow consumers to set aside pretax dollars to pay for healthcare services like dental.
AAE Position Statements
The AAE offers a variety of clinical resources including publications, guidelines, position statements and treatment planning resources reflecting the latest research, techniques and technologies in endodontics. These tools and statements are valuable references to support the highest standards of patient care.