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American Dental Association Thanks Senate and Sen. Stabenow for Passage of 1099 Relief Provision

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Washington, D.C., Feb. 3, 2011 -The American Dental Association today commended Sen. Debbie Stabenow's (D-Mich.) leadership in bringing about the Senate's unanimous vote to relieve dentists and other small employers from a law that would require filing of IRS 1099 forms for any exchange of goods or services valued at $600 or more in a year.  The requirement is a provision in last year's health reform law that the ADA and others believe did not reflect the intent of Congress or the President. 

"Including this provision in the health reform law was a mistake that would place a huge administrative burden on dentists and would have no positive effect on the law's intended reforms of the nation's health care system," said ADA President Raymond Gist, DDS.  "The Senate vote-especially with its unanimous bipartisan support-demonstrates Congress's recognition that dentists, physicians and other small businesses should never have been subjected to this requirement." 

Yesterday's Senate vote amends the 1099 relief provision to the Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill (S. 223).  Work on that larger bill will continue today, with passage likely this week. 

The American Dental Association has lobbied against application of the 1099 provision to dentists, physicians and other small businesses since its enactment last year and will continue to work on the exempting language until it passes both the Senate and the House and is signed into law by the President.

"Sen. Stabenow has been a longstanding champion on issues that affect the nation's oral health and the dentists who provide oral health care," said Dr. Gist.  "We thank her and will continue to support her however we can in working toward final passage of this provision."

About the American Dental Association

The not-for-profit ADA is the nation's largest dental association, representing 157,000 dentist members. The premier source of oral health information, the ADA has advocated for the public's health and promoted the art and science of dentistry since 1859. The ADA's state-of-the-art research facilities develop and test dental products and materials that have advanced the practice of dentistry and made the patient experience more positive. The ADA Seal of Acceptance long has been a valuable and respected guide to consumer dental care products. The monthly The Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA) is the ADA's flagship publication and the best-read scientific journal in dentistry. For more information about the ADA, visit www.ada.org. For more information on oral health, including prevention, care and treatment of dental disease, visit the ADA’s consumer website www.MouthHealthy.org.