Legislative Advocacy

helping you to make your voice heard
We believe that our members should be aware of, and we encourage them to become involved in legislative issues that affect dentistry on state, local, and national levels. Our members may become involved in any or all three areas of advocacy: the Political Action Committee (PAC) in their respective state, the American Dental Political Action Committee (ADPAC), and the American Dental Association (ADA) Grassroots Action Team Network.

AADA and ADPAC Representative
Carol Reitz

ADPAC is a bipartisan group of thousands of dentists and Alliance members, who have decided to pool their financial resources to help elect candidates who understand the importance of dentistry and are committed to the nation’s oral health. By contributing to ADPAC, you join a powerful and united team that effectively advocates the interest of organized dentistry. For additional information, or  to join ADPAC, please contact us at 202.898.2424 or e-mail govtpol@ada.org.

ADA Grassroots Action Team Network is a great opportunity for our members and dentists to involve themselves in the political process.  It is a coalition of volunteers who work to support political candidates and to take dentistry’s message to their congressional representatives, helping to give added importance and visibility to the dental constituency.

ADA Grassroots Action Team Network is a great opportunity for our members and dentists to involve themselves in the political process.  It is a coalition of volunteers who work to support political candidates and to take dentistry’s message to their congressional representatives, helping to give added importance and visibility to the dental constituency.

When an important legislative issue arises, action team members are sent an “ACTION ALERT” e-mail through the ADA Engage (originally Capwiz) system. This e-mail will inform members of the issue and why the member’s assistance is needed.

As part of the e-mail, the member is provided with an editable text message to assist the member in writing their message. It also links the message directly to the member’s legislator, making it easy for members to participate in the political process. Be part of this grassroots effort, and sign up.

Get involved by attending the Washington Leadership Conference May 2-4, 2016.

GOVERNMENT and POLITICS

Visit the ADA source of news and resources about the ongoing actions between organized dentistry and government. From here you will be able to link to government web sites from all 50 states, the U.S. Congress, and other federal agencies.

EDUCATION – Legislative Advocacy Manual

AADA has designed special guides to help our members understand the political process and how to use that knowledge. The Understanding the legislative Process will explain the path a bill takes to become law.

Legislative Advocacy Manual

AWARDS

During our annual convention, Alliance members are acknowledged for their outstanding efforts in the different areas of legislation and advocacy. Please visit the Awards page for an application form.

Teresa Theurer

AADA Representative to ADA CGA
AADA Council on Government Affairs Chair
TeresaTheurer@gmail.com

Carol Reitz

AADA ADPAC Representative
diehard@ptd.net

Let YOUR voice be heard!

Share your passion for the dental industry with others while staying informed about issues that affect you and your community.

HEALTH CARE REFORM LAW

The American Dental Association (ADA) has put together a timeline showing when the various provisions of the new Health Care Reform Law will take effect. Some provisions took effect upon enactment, while others will not kick in until 2018.

Staff has created a health care reform matrix to allow ADA members to see what parts of health care reform their association is working on. The matrix also includes all relevant letters, testimony, etc. dealing with the issue.

Check out the Health Care Reform Law regularly for the latest happenings and updates!

THE TOWN HALL MEETING

This is an informal public meeting where legislators and their constituents meet in person or electronically. These meetings provide opportunities for legislators to state their position on issues and also allow attendees to state their opinions and ask questions. Here are ten tips for taking advantage of this unique opportunity! Watch local media for dates and times of Town Hall meetings in your area.

ADPAC Lunch & Learn Program for dental students and their spouses

The Lunch & Learn program lets you enjoy a meal and learn about:

  • Why is political action important to dental students and practicing dentists?
  • How does the government impact dentistry?
  • How can you be an advocate for your future patients, your future practice, and your future community?

There is a program kit which contains:

  • Five steps to hosting an ADPAC Lunch & Learn
  • ADPAC FAQ
  • ADPAC PowerPoint
  • ADA Engage – Engage Website

To obtain the kit contact:
Carol Reitz
AADA ADPAC Representative
diehard@ptd.net