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The "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act," shorthanded as the ACA and as this report will refer to it, has the potential to reshape health care in America. Expansion of medical insurance coverage, a move toward more integrated care delivery and significant changes in the financing of health care are among the expectations of ACA legislators and regulators. The Association's primary focus has been the law's potential effects on dentistry and the delivery of dental services to patients.

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has the potential to reshape health care in America. The ADA was there in 2009 when "health care reform" consisted of just a few proposals, and we have remained involved in the legislative process and, more recently, the implementation phase. The Association's primary focus has been ACA's potential effects on dentistry and the delivery of dental services to our patients.

Washington—Rep. Nydia Velazquez, D-N.Y., urged the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services July 18 to delay 'transfer of value' data collection from physicians and teaching hospitals, including dentists, scheduled to begin Aug. 1 under the Affordable Care Act.

Washington—Current and incoming dental students will have access to a newly customized online debt management tool through school financial aid offices, the Association of American Medical Colleges and American Dental Education Association announced Aug. 5 as many students were returning to school.

Washington—Passage of legislation to reverse an increase in federal student loan interest rates is encouraging but lawmakers should consider additional reforms, the Association told Congress. President Obama was expected to sign into law bipartisan legislation that would apply to loans issued after July 1, 2013.

Denver—When WHAM!'s "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" is the first song you hear at a conference, it's safe to assume it's a different type of event.

Recording artist Lena Prima, daughter of jazz giant Louis Prima, will headline the entertainment at the 2013 ADA Foundation Give Kids A Smile Gala on Friday, Nov. 1 at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside to be held during the ADA Annual Session.

Nashville, Tenn.—The National Conference on Correctional Health Care, Oct. 26-30 at the Nashville Convention Center, will cover some of the most compelling topics in correctional health care, including the Affordable Care Act, mental health, nursing, clinical care, special populations and more.

Candidates seeking ADA-elected offices prepared platform statements and profiles for the ADA News. Each candidate was sent a profile form with the same questions and asked to list no more than five items for professional memberships, volunteer posts/elective offices and main qualifications. Publication of these statements and profiles should not be construed as an endorsement of any candidate by the ADA News or other staff of the ADA or its subsidiaries. These statements and profiles are printed as information for Association members.

Hurry and book air travel to the ADA Annual Session in New Orleans Oct. 31-Nov. 3: There is a 9 percent discount at American Airlines available for tickets purchased 60 days prior to travel.

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