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Member dentists urge tax repeal

July 07, 2015

By Craig Palmer

Washington – ADA member dentists have urged Congress to repeal the Affordable Care Act medical device tax in more than 6,500 messages to their representatives and senators, the Association said.

The U.S. House of Representatives on a bipartisan 280-140 vote June 18 approved a repeal of the excise tax on medical devices that has generated widespread industry and professional opposition. ADA member messages supported repeal of the tax.

Dentist messages continue now that the repeal debate has moved to the Senate. The Association said dentists have responded to three action alerts, two geared to the House vote, with 6,500 messages to Congress.

A third ADA medical device action alert June 30 thanked dentists who sent messages to the House of Representatives and said, "Please take a moment to urge your Senators to vote to repeal this burdensome tax." The Senate is likely to consider repeal legislation later this year and the White House has threatened to veto the repeal.

"The dental industry estimates that the excise tax increases the cost of dental care by over $160 million annually," the action alert said.

The Affordable Care Act authorized the tax to support expanded health care coverage. Certain medical and dental devices are subject to the 2.3 percent medical device excise tax, which is payable by the manufacturer of the covered device.