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Delegates in Atlanta affirm programs without dues increase

October 24, 2017

By Judy Jakush

Atlanta — ADA member dues for 2018 will remain at $532, the same rate as in 2017, following action Oct. 23 in the House of Delegates.

The House adopted a 2018 budget of nearly $130.9 million in expenditures, with continued support from reserves of an ongoing digital campaign focused on connecting prospective patients with dentists.

"The message I really want to emphasize is that we continue to concentrate our resources on the things we do best," said ADA President Joseph P. Crowley after the House concluded. "I want us to use our resources in the most positive way we can, supporting a vision for the future of our profession and its part in the overall health of people."

ADA President-elect Jeffrey M. Cole said Dr. Crowley's speech to the House sent a positive message of inclusivity of membership across all demographics and practice models.

"The tenor of the House was very positive this year," he said. "I also think the budget process went very smoothly," he said.

ADA Treasurer Ronald P. Lemmo agreed that the budget process was very much on target. "Our planning efforts are paying off with increased accuracy in our budgeting. As we continue to become accurate and efficient, we build consensus between the House and the Board ensuring our resources are focused on helping our members succeed."
 
The ongoing digital campaign, "Drive Utilization of Dental Services for ADA Members" which includes an updated Find-a-Dentist tool on ADA.org, will enter its second year in 2018. In Res. 32H-2017, the House urged the Board to continue to use funds from reserves to pay for the second year of the three-year $18 million campaign.

Other actions at the 2017 House included the creation of a National Commission on Recognition of Dental Specialties and Certifying Boards, adoptions of policies relating to do-it-yourself teeth straightening and dentistry's role in sleep-related breathing disorders.

Details on these and other actions will appear in upcoming ADA News stories, online and in print.