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2017 Washington Conference

DTA Members Take Message to Capitol Hill

This text will be replaced with the slideshowDTA members from across the country attended the annual Washington Conference, meeting with a record number of 54 U.S. senators and representatives from DTA members’ districts to discuss Americans’ oral health, the business case for oral health and continuing efforts to repeal the Medical Device Tax and amend the Sunshine Act.

“I learned long ago, if you don’t speak up and let your elected officials know how legislation is affecting us, no one else will,” said Dental Health Products, Inc. Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Steve Desautel. “The DTA Washington, D.C. event is helpful (along with our lobbyists) in delivering that message. Great work by the DTA team and its membership in coming together annually to deliver these messages and getting our voice heard.”

During the 2017 Washington Conference, members, many of whom were first time participants, were briefed prior to their Capitol Hill visits on the legislative priorities and talking points for improving Americans’ oral health. Specific topics that were addressed included a legislative briefing about the Medical Device Tax repeal status, support for lifting the threshold for the Sunshine Act and how to foster existing relationships with members of Congress.  The following morning, DTA members met with U.S. senators and representatives from their home and business districts to discuss the business case for Americans' oral health and continuing efforts to repeal the Medical Device Tax and amend the Sunshine Act.

DTA's legislative outreach isn’t limited to attending the Washington Conference. Please contact us for an advocacy packet like the one we used on Capitol Hill to share with your local representatives in state.

“These face-to-face visits on Capitol Hill have a direct impact on the issues affecting dental manufacturers and suppliers every day,” said DTA President and CEO Gary Price. “We appreciate everyone who volunteered their time to attend and those who weren’t able to attend but are still reaching out to their senators and representatives.”