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2018 House of Delegate actions include dues increase, new policies

October 24, 2018

By Judy Jakush

Honolulu — The ADA House of Delegates Oct. 22 approved a $22 dues increase for 2019 but decided against a special assessment of $58, instead urging the Board of Trustees to use reserve funds to pay for the remaining year of a three-year pilot project for the Find-A-Dentist campaign.

Res. 35H-2018 sets 2019 dues at $554 for ADA active members.

The dues increase will bring anticipated 2019 revenues of $134,180,000 against $134,021,000 in expenses.

The $18 million three-year Find-A-Dentist campaign is focused on connecting prospective patients with dentists. The 2016 House of Delegates approved the effort in Res. 67H-2016: "Drive Utilization of Dental Services for ADA Members."

“As leaders, we are charged with ensuring a positive future for our members —not for maintaining the status quo — but for addressing disruption head-on and building and shaping a positive future,” said ADA President Jeffrey M. Cole. “I believe the actions of the 2018 House of Delegates moves us toward shaping a positive future.”

Dr. Chad P. Gehani, ADA president-elect, also applauded the House of Delegates for their measures.

"The actions taken by delegates will help support the Association’s efforts on several fronts, ranging from search engine marketing to measures that enhance the public's health, including affirming the ADA policy on opioids."

Dr. Ted Sherwin, elected by delegates as ADA treasurer Oct. 22, said the key insight into this budget it that it is forward looking. It envisions the future through technologies that underlie efforts such as Find-A-Dentist and search engine marketing. “This represents an investment by the Association into activities that will help bring more patients into the dental chair,” he said after the meeting ended.

With a national discussion ongoing about a possible dental benefit in Medicare, the House adopted Res. 33H-2018, which calls for the ADA president to appoint an ad hoc committee to review and update existing policy (Res. 5H-2006) and to identify an implementation plan and timeline to address elder care including Medicare.

The House also adopted Res. 26H-2018, which establishes a Comprehensive Policy on Dental Licensure.

In Res. 53H-2018 delegates acted in response to the increasing rates of human papilloma virus-associated oropharyngeal cancer. The policy adopted urges dentists, local and state dental societies to encourage HPV vaccination as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Details on that resolution are posted in ADA News on ADA.org.

In Res. 19H-2018, the House adopted the interim policy on opioid prescribing that the Board had approved early in 2018.

These and other 2018 House actions will be reported in upcoming issues of the ADA News, in print and online.