he Alliance of Maryland Dental Plans is a trade association representing dental plans before the Maryland Insurance Administration and the Maryland General Assembly. Alliance members represent the major writers of dental insurance in Maryland, including capitated, PPO and indemnity styles of plans, and including dental plan organizations, health insurers, and non-profit health service plans.

The Alliance provides both monitoring and advocacy services on behalf of its members to assist them in remaining completely current with the constantly-changing legislative and regulation landscape in Maryland.

During the 90-day legislative session, the Alliance will:

  • Review newly introduced legislation, identifying those bills of interest to members
  • Summarize those bills in a weekly written report emailed to members
  • Hold weekly conference calls to discuss newly introduced legislation and any amendments to that legislation, and to decide on positions to be advanced on the legislation
  • Offer both oral and written testimony at legislative committee hearings on bills
  • Lobby individual members of the General Assembly on legislation of significant interest
  • Provide a final report at the end of the legislative session regarding enacted legislation to assist members with the compliance tasks of implementing new requirements

The Alliance also provides monitoring and advocacy services throughout the year before the Maryland Insurance Administration. In this regard, the Alliance will:

  • Monitor the Maryland Insurance Administration for any important decisions, bulletins, or actions and provide notification to members
  • Review the biweekly publication of the Maryland Register for proposed regulations of interest to members
  • Offer advocacy services to members before the Maryland Insurance Administration on issues of mutual concern

The Alliance is staffed by Ren Tundermann, head of the Insurance Regulation and Government Relations Practice Groups at Funk & Bolton.

In light of the complexity of the issues facing the dental industry in Maryland, and the attendant consumer complaint and market conduct risks of failing to comply with legislative and regulatory requirements, a trade association is a cost-effective way to ensure that companies receive real-time information on new requirements as well as a voice in the establishment of those requirements. Ren has the resources of the firm to draw upon in ensuring that members of the Alliance are well-positioned to navigate the legislative and regulatory challenges in Maryland.