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“The American Dental Association is one of the most influential trade lobbies in the country…”

– Wall Street Journal Capital Journal, Aug. 24, 2012

  • Ensuring that implementation of health care reform maximizes opportunities to improve access while not adversely affecting dental practices and patients.
  • Amending a federal regulation to exempt most dentists from being required to sign up with the Medicare program when referring Medicare patients to specialists.
  • Opposing 2013 federal funding for the Alternative Dental Health Care Provider Demonstration Projects.
  • Fighting to reform ERISA law so patients receive the full value of their dental benefits.
  • Working with to pass a McCarran-Ferguson antitrust repeal amendment in the House.
  • Supporting extension of the Section 179 business expensing provision.
  • Pushing for medical liability reform.
  • Encouraging passage of legislation to provide states with financial inducements to reform dental Medicaid programs.
  • Fighting anti-fluoridation efforts on Capitol Hill and in the states.
  • Supporting House passage of legislation to provide a 20 percent tax cut for small businesses, including dental practices.
  • Taking a lead role to repeal the health care reform law’s excise tax on dental and medical devices in the House.
  • Leading the fight for House and Senate passage of the Dental Emergency Responder Act.
  • Secured passage of legislation to prevent future drug shortages. 
  • Protecting the two-star ranking for Army and Air Force Dental Chiefs.
  • Promoting the increased funding for the Indian Health Service’s oral health programs.
  • Pushing for increased military dental research funds in the DoD spending bill.
  • Passing a Senate Resolution to honor the Navy Dental Corps 100th Anniversary.
  • Fighting to increase funding in the Senate for general and pediatric dental residency programs, loan repayment initiatives as well as the CDC’s Division of Oral Health. 
  • Successfully establishing Senate funding for a new program to reduce ER usage for oral health care.
  • Fighting against new conditions for obtaining or renewing a DEA license.
  • Defeated legislation that would have weakened the FDA’s authority to regulate tobacco products.  
  • Maintaining a dental presence in the development of Patient-Centered Outcomes Research.
  • Rallying dentistry to help prevent prescription drug abuse.