SB 248/HB 391 – Dental Patient Transparency Act

Primary Senate Sponsors: Sen. Jim Perry (R-Lenoir, Wayne); Sen. Todd Johnson (R-Union); Sen. Vickie Sawyer (R-Iredell, Yadkin)

Primary House Sponsors: Rep. Kristin Baker, MD (R-Cabarrus); Rep. Larry Potts (R-Davidson); Rep. Wayne Sasser (R-Cabarrus, Rowan, Stanly); Rep. Donny Lambeth (R-Forsyth)


This bill requires insurers offering a dental services benefit plan which provides a designation or rating system for dentists in the benefit plan network to: (1) utilize fair and accurate designations and/or rating systems, (2) disclosure to consumers and dentists the basis for the designation or rating, and (3) provide a mechanism for a dentist to challenge and correct any erroneous designation or erroneous data use for the designation or rating.

This bill also requires health plans to add an indication of whether a health benefit plan is fully insured or self-funded on the plan’s insurance cards. Plans that are fully insured must be include the phrase “NCDOI” to indicate to the consumer that the Department of Insurance is able to provide assistance regarding the regulation of the plan.


SB 248

Filed – 3/11/2021

This bill was referred to the following Senate Committees:

-Rules and Operations

HB 391

Filed – 3/24/2021