The Legsislative Ledger

 December 2011
ASDA Advocacy
Take Action Now to Support DDS Program 
Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) introduced S. 1878, the Coordination of Pro-bono Medically Recommended Dental Care Act. The bill would create a grant program to support the Donated Dental Services (DDS) program and similar programs to provide medically recommended dental care to low income children and adults. Contact your senators now and ask them to co-sponsor this legislation.

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Eastern Region Chapters
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ASDA Stony Brook had a busy fall. Their ADPAC drive kicked off with lunch & learns featuring Dr. Edward Feinberg, ADPAC 2nd district director; Dr. Paul Leary, chair of New York State Dental Association's (NYSDA) Council on Dental Education and Licensure; Dr. Maria Maranga, president of Suffolk County Dental Society (SCDS); and Dr. Alan Mazer, chair of SCDS's Council on Governmental Affairs. Stony Brook raised $3,795 at their first ever Tooth Trot with proceeds going to dental missions to Chile and Madagascar. Finally, the chapter started a contest on their Stony Brook ASDA Facebook page, posting questions to test knowledge of legislative news and ADPAC. Great work Stony Brook!
Central Region Chapters
The political future of dentistry is more secure with the success of the University of Illinois Chicago ASDA annual ADPAC drive. After a full week of speakers and events, ADPAC student membership increased from last year's 46 to 100. ADPAC week featured well-known dental professionals from all over the Chicago area. Several UIC faculty engaged students in the importance of being active in organized dentistry. The ADA's Jon Holtzee updated students on current legislative policy. The ADPAC week concluded with a happy hour reception where students met with faculty to network and learn more about ADPAC.
Western Region Chapters
University of Minnesota legislative liaisons Neil Keane and Nate Burbach have been busy promoting dental policy and student involvement. They were integral parts of the general ASDA membership drive and got students to sign up for ADPAC at the same time. Neil and Nate planned the ADPAC week in November. Aruna Rao, Minnesota '12, talked to a packed lecture hall about ADPAC, its goals and some of the issues ADPAC is working on in Washington, D.C. The combination of ADPAC drive with the membership drive followed by the ADPAC week proved very successful. Congrats to the 252 ADPAC supporters at Minnesota. Your involvement lends credence to what we do in Washington, D.C. and sets a great example for others around the country.
From the States

CDC Will Not Eliminate Division of Oral Health

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reversed its decision to eliminate the Division of Oral Health, thanks to the work of the ADA, ADEA and other dental groups and a letter to the CDC director from Rep. Mike Simpson, one of two dentists in the House of Representatives (WU, 1). 

House Committee Advances Dental Emergency Responder Act

The House Committee on Energy and Commerce reported on H.R. 2405, which includes the Dental Emergency Responder Act that ASDA and ADEA lobbied for at National Lobby Day in March. It is included in the Pandemic and All Hazards Preparedness Reauthorization Act of 2011, and it is anticipated the act will move forward in both the House and the Senate (WU, 3-4).

From the States

Kansas Looking at Dental School

In response to broader dental issues in the state, the Kansas Board of Regents developed an Oral Health Task Force to study and make recommendations about opening a dental school in Kansas, whether it is new or a branch of an existing school, as well as increasing spots at out of state schools and scholarship programs (SLR, 2). 

EPA to Introduce Dental Wastewater Treatment Rule  The Environmental Protection Agency announced it will introduce a rule for national standards of pretreatement for dental office wastewater early next year. The ADA has formed a good relationship through regular meetings and conference calls with the EPA and other stakeholders to ensure the rule is in line with ADA resolution 50H-2010 (SLR, 3-4).

Quote of the Month

"Determine never to be idle. No person will have occasion to complain of the want of time who never loses any. It is wonderful how much may be done if we are always doing."  

---- Thomas Jefferson

Some information published in this newsletter is credited to the
ADEA Washington Update (WU) and the ADA State Legislative Report (SLR).
In This Issue
-Take Action Now
-Eastern Region Chapters
-Central Region Chapters
-Western Region Chapters
-CDC Keeps Division of Oral Health
-Dental Emergency Responder Act
-Kansas Looking at Dental School
-EPA Rule on Dental Wastewater
-Quote of the Month
Legislative Grassroots Network

Veena Vaidyanathan, Pacific '12

Vice Chair
Aruna Rao, Minnesota '12

Regional Legislative Coordinators
Namrata Gupte, Tufts '12
Crystal Ammori, Michigan '13
Aaron Bumann, Minnesota '13

District 9 Trustee
Emily Moers, San Antonio '14

Vice President
Brittany Dean, Washington '12

Staff Liaison
Meghan Keelean, CMP