What Does the No Surprises Act Mean for Dentists?

The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 was enacted on Dec. 27, 2020 to help protect consumers from unanticipated healthcare bills, including the No Surprises Act under Title I, which went into effect on Jan. 1, 2022. We developed an article, “What Does the No Surprises Act Mean for Dentists?” to help you understand what this bill means for you.


Under the No Surprises Act, patients have billing protections when getting emergency care or non-emergency care from out-of-network providers treating patients at in-network facilities. Before the No Surprises Act, if a patient had healthcare coverage and received care from an out-of-network provider, their healthcare coverage would generally not cover the out-of-network cost. This left patients with the dilemma of higher costs than if an in-network provider had treated them. Continue reading this article.