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ADA Dentist and Student Lobby Day

Thank you for making the 2018 ADA Dentist and Student Lobby Day a huge success!

April 8-10, 2018
JW Marriott Hotel
Washington, D.C.

Nearly 1100 dentists and dental students from across the country came to the nation’s capital to advocate for their patients, profession and their practice. At the ADA Dentist and Student Lobby Day, attendees heard from political analysts, subject matter experts and politically involved dentists on issues that affect oral health in the United States. 

Who should attend?

All ADA member dentists and ASDA Students are invited to join their colleagues to speak with One Voice United on Capitol Hill. All ADA Action Team Leaders are partially funded by the ADA to attend the conference and meet with their legislator.

Think about joining your colleagues, future colleagues, the American Dental Association and the American Student Dental Association in helping our current efforts on the Hill to ensure your voice is heard by lawmakers in years to come.

Lobby Day Agenda

2018 Lobby Day Agenda 

Keynote Speakers

Each year we have individuals from the political and business world discuss how politics and advocacy go hand in hand with having a successful practice and career.  Our keynote speakers for this year, Alex Castellanos and Bill Press, are from both sides of the political spectrum.  They will break down the state of politics today, discussing what should be done to truly bring the country back together.  Our political speaker, Nathan Gonzales, will explain the 2018 mid-term elections, discuss if the “blue wave” is really forming, and will the Republicans be able to hold their majority.


Alex Castellanos headshot

Alex Castellanos; Co-Founder of Purple Strategies

Alex Castellanos is one of the Republican Party’s best-known and most successful media consultants and strategists. Castellanos has served as communications consultant to seven U.S. Presidential campaigns, has helped elect over a dozen U.S. senators and governors, and enjoys over three decades of political consulting experience, both in the United States and abroad. He brings a wealth of campaign strategy, public opinion research insights, and communications experience to corporate communications and public policy campaigns. Castellanos is a co-founder of Purple Strategies, a boutique strategy firm that takes its name from the merger of colors commonly identified with Democrats (blue) and Republicans (red), and the founder of He is also an ABC News contributor and posts regularly on media outlets, including The Huffington Post and

Bill Press headshot

Bill Press; Host of The Bill Press Show

Bill Press is host of The Bill Press Show, a nationally syndicated radio show airing weekdays on local stations across the country and live streamed on Tawkr TV and can also be viewed on Free Speech TV. A senior political contributor for CNN, he attends the daily White House press briefing where he tweets live and writes a syndicated newspaper column distributed weekly by Tribune Media Services. For over two decades, Press has stood in the line of fire, debating heated national issues from a liberal perspective with his usual sense of humor and grace. Never shying away from controversy, Press tailors his talk to each audience and examines the news of the day including a look at Congress and the Trump Administration. He is the author of several books including The Obama Hate Machine: The Lies, Distortions and Personal Attacks on the President—And Who Is Behind Them (January 2012). In his book Buyer’s Remorse (February, 2016), he explores the Obama Administration and what was a disappointing presidency for many progressives. Press is the former chairman of the California Democratic Party and has received numerous awards for his work, including four Emmy Awards.

Nathan Gonzales headshot

Nathan Gonzales; Editor & Publisher of Inside Elections

Nathan Gonzales is Editor & Publisher of Inside Elections, which provides nonpartisan analysis of campaigns for Senate, House, governor and president. He was an editor, analyst, and writer for The Rothenberg Political Report for more than 13 years before taking over the company in 2015. Nathan is also Elections Analyst for Roll Call, the Capitol Hill newspaper, a CNN Political Analyst, and Founder and Publisher of On Election Night 2016, Nathan was an on-air analyst for the Newshour on PBS after working as an off-air consultant for ABC NEWS on their Election Night Decision Desk for 14 years. Previously, he worked for and as associate producer for CNN’s Capital Gang.  Nathan has appeared on NBC's Meet the Press and NBC Nightly News, C-SPAN's Washington Journal, CNN, and Fox News Channel, and he has been quoted in The New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today. His work has also appeared on FiveThirtyEight,, and in Campaigns & Elections magazine. 


Lobby Day 2018 Issues


The ADA's new policy regarding opioids, on CE, prescribing limits, and use of PDMPs.

Opioid Policy

Student Loan Programs

Issues to considered in the reauthorization of federal the Higher Education Act of 1965 and related higher education loan programs.

Student Loan Reform Issue Sheet

Dental and Optometric Care Act of 2017

Patients are adversely affected by provisions in dental and vision insurance benefits plans and coverage that dictate what a doctor may charge a plan enrollee for services not covered by the plan.

H.R. 1606 DOC Access Act

McCarran-Ferguson Repeal

Repeal of the antitrust exemption for health insurance companies would help inject more competition into the insurance marketplace by authorizing greater federal antitrust enforcement in instances where state regulators fail to or cannot act. 

H.R. 372 Competitive Health Insurance Reform Act

Action for Dental Health Act

The bill would allow organizations to qualify for oral health grants authorized by Health and Human Services (HHS) to support activities that improve oral health education and dental disease prevention.

Action for Dental Health Act

Lobby Day Documents

ADPAC Guide to DC


Please check back updates on Lobby Day 2019!


For more information on the Lobby Day, please contact Peter Aiello, Grassroots Manager, at or call 202.789.5168.