A dentist in Alabama was forced out of his job because he didn’t have health insurance, his employer said Monday.
The American Dental Association, a nonprofit dental advocacy group, said in a statement that Dr. Michael A. Cavanaugh, a dentist in Baldwin County, had been the victim of an employer-imposed requirement to purchase health insurance.
He was forced into the position after receiving a notice from the state of Alabama that his dental plan would no longer cover dental services, the group said.
“He had to make a decision to leave his profession,” the statement said.
“But he chose not to leave.”
The American Dentists Association said the dentist had been hired by a private dental practice, but that he had been unable to get dental insurance coverage through the employer.
The group said the employer had made his decision without informing the dentist or providing any information about what insurance would cover.
The group’s statement did not specify when Cavanaugh first heard the news.
It is the second dental employer to take a dental worker out of business because of the Affordable Care Act, said Steve Denniston, executive director of the American Dents Association.
The association said that while it was disappointed to hear that the state was forcing Cavanaugh out of practice, it was confident that all employers can be expected to follow the rules and be transparent about their coverage.
“We are hopeful that all businesses are following the laws, rules and regulations that apply to them, said Dennistin.