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2013 Washington Conference

Event Date: 
April 18, 2013

DTA Members Visit the Capitol and Voice Concerns

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.

“This was an opportunity for me to interact with members of Congress in my district who could support the repeal of the medical device excise tax. It was also a perfect time to address the Sunshine Act to  the members, many of whom were unaware of the implications of the reporting process. After this experience, I would do it again,” said John Scott, Air Techniques president and DTA board member.

Prior to visiting congressional leaders, DTA members attended a breakfast briefing where Rep. Erik Paulsen (MN) spoke about the issues and the importance of co-signing Bill HR 523 to repeal the medical device excise tax. Congress is considering bills that were introduced in the Senate (S.232) and the House (HR 523) to repeal the medical device tax. Support for those bills is growing among Democrats who feel the pressure from businesses across the country.

The DTA Washington Conference is an effective way for members to meet with their Congressional leaders and take what may seem theoretical and explain the real-world consequences. These face-to-face visits have a greater impact than letters or e-mails. This event gave DTA members the opportunity to stimulate interest and ask for assistance directly. The elected officials DTA members met with were open and the visits made a positive impact.

If you were unable to attend the DTA Washington Conference, but still want to voice your concerns, we encourage you to click here for a sample letter that you can use to reach out to your representatives and senators encourage their support of repealing the medical device excise tax.

DTA would like to thank the following member companies who sent representatives: A-dec, Inc., Air Techniques, Inc., Bank of America Practice Solutions, Inc., Belmont Publications, Inc., Benco Dental Company, Crown Seating, LLC, DENTSPLY International, Drake Precision Dental Laboratory, Inc., Henry Schein Dental, Midmark Corporation, Nashville Dental, Inc., Porter Instruments, Patterson Dental Supply, Preventech, Total Care/Orascoptic, W&H North America, Inc., and Whip Mix.

Pictured: David Steinbock (Whip Mix) standing next to a copy of the Affordable Care Act in Sen. Mitch McConnell's (R-KY) office.