Each year, DTA members meet with their members of Congress and staff in Washington, DC to build and maintain relationships to keep our message at the forefront. Through this event, DTA members increase their knowledge of the legislative process and learn effective advocacy techniques.
Earlier this month, DTA members came together for the 8th annual Washington Conference to speak to their congressional representatives on the current legislation impacting the dental and dental trade industries. Members had 122 meetings bringing the total number of visits to 629, across 25 states, since 2012.
The issues on the docket for the 2019 Washington Conference? The repeal of the medical device excise tax and the expansion of the Medicare program to include comprehensive dental benefits.
The DTA Washington Conference is one of the most important ways for members to become involved in federal legislation, educate congressional leaders about oral health care and our industry, build relationships elected officials, and initiate change.
DTA 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.”