This text will be replaced with the slideshowDTA members from across the country attended the annual Washington Conference (April 26-27), meeting with 33 U.S. Senators and Representatives from their home districts to discuss Americans’ oral health, the business case for oral health and continuing efforts to repeal the Sunshine Act and Medical Device Tax.
“The key take-away here is that consistency of messaging and purpose is having an impact,” said Dan Perkins, CEO of AEGIS Communications. “I have been going to The Hill for several years now and I see an awareness building of both key oral health issues but also a respect for the commitment of DTA and others to continue making the time to educate and advocate on behalf of these issues. We are gaining recognition and trust which in turn builds credibility for our business, healthcare and economic impact messaging.”
Dental Trade Alliance Members Discuss Medical Device Tax and Other Issues with Members of Congress at Fourth Annual Washington Conference
On April 15th, Rep. Mike Simpson (R-ID) spoke to Dental Trade Alliance members to help kick off their day of visiting members of Congress to discuss the Medical Device Tax, Sunshine Act, the extension of Section 179, and the growing evidence showing the impact Americans’ oral health has on their overall health. Rep. Simpson, one of three dentists serving in Congress, is a member of the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee.
Nearly 30 DTA members representing 20 companies in 10 states participated in the DTA Washington Conference. “DTA members can make a significant contribution to our efforts in Washington,” said DTA President and CEO Gary Price. “The impact of local voters on elected representatives is very strong. Bringing the message from back home really gets their attention.”
DTA Members Make Their Voices Heard on Capitol Hill
During the recent Washington Conference, DTA members set a new record for the number of face-to-face meetings with Congressional members and their staffs with nearly 50 exchanges. Each offered DTA members who attended the conference an unparalleled opportunity to educate Congressional members about the onerous nature of the medical device excise tax, the impact of the Sunshine Act on their businesses and the dental industry’s involvement in the Ad Council oral health literacy campaign.
“It is clear the we are really beginning to see an impact from our members’ visits on Capitol Hill,” said DTA President and CEO Gary Price. “With more experience, our members had much more successful meetings. They really seem to be getting into the process and connecting with people.”
On April 24th and 25th, more than 30 DTA members and staff met with Congressional representatives in Washington, D.C. to voice concern about two issues affecting every dental manufacturer and supplier: the medical device excise tax and Sunshine Act.
The DTA Washington Conference was held because meeting face to face with lawmakers is always more effective than letters or e-mails. This event gave DTA the opportunity to stimulate interest and answer questions directly. The elected officials were impressed that DTA members were willing to give up their time to come to Washington to express their views of the issues faced by the dental trade.
There was a great turnout for the Dental Trade Alliance’s second annual Washington Conference on April 16-17 in Washington, D.C. DTA members from across the country came together to discuss how recent legislation, including the medical device excise tax and the Sunshine Act, negatively impact the dental industry and American’s oral health care. They met with several Congressional leaders and their staffs to further educate them on the issues.