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2019 Washington Conference Recap

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.

Before the members headed onto the hill on Wednesday, they heard from  DTA’s Legislative Representative Patrick Cooney, Representative Scott Tipton (R-CO), and Alex Eveland, the Legislative Director for Representative Ron Kind (D-WI). Conversations of topic ranged from the importance of civic and legislative participation, what the members could expect during their visits, and other current legislation working to promote the expansion of oral health programs, insurance and services.

Visiting both the House and Senate from their home states, DTA members urged them to give their support for two pieces of legislation: the Protect Medical Innovation Act of 2019 (S.692/H.R.2207) and the Medicare Dental Benefit Act of 2019 (S.22).

The Protect Medical Innovation Act of 2019 (S.692/H.R.2207), introduced in the Senate by Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA) and Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), and in the House by Representative Ron Kind (D-WI), is the newest bipartisan attempt to repeal the medical device tax imposed by the Affordable Care Act (ACA; P.L. 111-148) in 2010. You can read more about the importance of this issue, and its impact on the dental industry, in the Medical Device Tax issue brief.

The Medicare Dental Benefit Act of 2019 (S.22), introduced in the Senate by Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), aims to include comprehensive dental benefits in the Medicare system, by recognizing the important link between oral health and overall health. You can read more about the importance of this issue in the Medicare Expansion issue brief.

To learn more about the link between oral and overall health you can visit DTA’s Oral Healthcare Can’t Wait site or click here to download this year’s sharable information about the cost savings of oral health. If you are interested in joining us for Washington Conference 2020 or have questions about how you can best represent your company and the industry on the hill and in your state, call us at 703.379.7755 or send us an email