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Congress Approves Sweeping End of Year Legislation

Before adjourning for the holidays, Congress moved swiftly to pass a broad package totaling $1.4 trillion in new spending that includes eight appropriations measures, comprises numerous other bills related to health care, retirement, pharmaceuticals, tax policy, among other things. House lawmakers December 17th voted 297-120 in favor of a measure (H.R. 1865). The Senate approved the bill today, December 19th by a vote of 71-23. President Trump is expected to sign the bill into law on Friday, December 20th.

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. 

Click below to read more about this year's Washington Conference and the issues DTA member companies took to Capitol Hill.

Stay up to date on the latest legislative news that could affect you and your business. Join Legislative Representative Patrick Cooney as he gives an update on topics such as the Medicare Dental Benefit Act of 2019 (S.22), the Medical Device Tax, and more.

The American people have gone to the polls and chosen a divided government.  On November 6th, Democrats took back the majority in the House of Representatives giving them a check on the ability of Republicans and the White House to move federal legislation. What will this mean for the dental industry, and the issues DTA advocates on behalf of the trade? We are not likely to know for a while, but it is clear the American people are engaged. According to New York Times estimates, 114 million votes were cast in House races, up from the 83 million in the last midterm elections in 2014.

Posted August 2, 2018

California made major changes to its existing Proposition 65 (Prop 65) safe drinking water act. These changes may impact manufacturers, distributors and laboratories doing business in the state of California. As Prop 65 currently stands, if a product or a device contains chemical substances identified by Prop 65 as carcinogenic or harmful to reproduction and exceeds the “No significant risk levels” then one of several action items is required by California state law. Requests for delay of implementation have been denied.

Posted July 25, 2018

Today the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Protect Medical Innovation Act (H.R.184) which has been championed by Rep. Erik Paulsen (R-MN) by a vote of 283-132. This bipartisan legislation permanently repeals the medical device excise tax imposed as part of the Affordable Care Act. This vote puts pressure on the U.S. Senate to act as well to once and for all to repeal this burdensome tax.

Posted July 12, 2018

Legislation would require congressional review of any tariffs proposed under a national security authority known as Section 232, such as President Trump’s tariffs on steel and aluminum, lawmakers say in statement.

Posted May 21, 2018

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Posted May 3, 2018

The FDA is exploring whether it can move more quickly to require medical device companies to respond to reported problems with their products. On April 17th, the Food and Drug Administration released its Medical Device Safety Action Plan (MDSAP), a series of proposed steps to improve the federal government's oversight of medical devices. Some of the proposed changes, like special controls authority, may need action by Congress.

Posted March 22, 2018

The $1.3 trillion spending bill was posted last night, with Congress now rushing to pass it by Friday midnight.



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