About Janice L. Gauthier

Janice L. Gauthier received a J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School and an A.B., cum laude, from Harvard College. She began her career at the law firm of Sidley & Austin in Chicago, worked as Senior Attorney for The Marcus Corporation in Milwaukee and served as Vice President and General Counsel of a Milwaukee area real estate development company before fulfilling a long-cherished dream of starting her own business by establishing The Gauthier Law Group. She brings more than twenty years of experience to the representation of her clients. Ms. Gauthier is licensed to practice law in both Wisconsin and Illinois and is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell. For more detailed information on Ms. Gauthier's background and experience, please visit www.gauthierlawgroup.com.

Wisconsin Assembly Approves Limits on Price Setting by Dental Insurers

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Image courtesy of Stuart Miles / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

On Wednesday, April 17, 2013, the Wisconsin Assembly, by a vote of 89 to 8, passed a bill that prohibits insurers who provide limited-scope dental benefit policies from setting fees for dental and related services not covered by those policies. Similar laws, commonly known as “non-covered services legislation” have already been passed in 29 other states, including Minnesota, which passed similar legislation in 2011, and Illinois, where non-covered services legislation went into effect on January 1st of this year.

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Illinois Says Dentists May Use Groupon

IDFPR Says Voucher Advertising Is Not Fee-Splitting If Advertising Fee Is Reasonable and Required Disclosures Are Made

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Image courtesy of Stuart Miles / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

On April 10th, the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (the “IDFPR”) issued a position statement concluding that, under Illinois law, voucher advertising (also known as social coupon advertising), like that provided by Groupon and Living Social, does not constitute unethical fee-splitting or a prohibited solicitation or referral fee, as long as two conditions are satisfied:

1. The negotiated fee paid for the voucher advertising constitutes reasonable compensation for the cost of that advertising; and

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