Welcome to the American Dental Association’s Legislative Action Center! Every day, decisions are made in Washington that can affect dentists, dental students, patients, and the future of dental care in the United States. Make your voice heard and speak out for our profession—sign up today to add your voice to the conversation.
We use our Action Center to send out alerts, inform dentists like you about critical public policy issues that impact the dental profession, and empower our members to use their voices to contact their legislators. By subscribing and becoming an active member, your voice will be directly heard as we speak with One Voice United in Washington to advocate for and with dentists across the United States.
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Many adults who rely on Medicaid benefits find that there is little, if any, coverage for dental care. A long-standing lack of focus on adult oral health care from federal and state governments has created a patchwork of dental coverage by state Medicaid programs.
The ADA advocates on higher education issues to ensure that dental students and new dentists receive the best education, tuition financing, and repayment options available.
Currently, patients are being adversely impacted by provisions in dental and vision plans that dictate how much a doctor may charge a plan enrollee, even though the services provided to the enrollee are not “covered” by the plan. The ADA supports the Dental and Optometric Care (DOC) Access Act, which would protect patients and bring needed equity to insurer/provider contracting.
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The ADA Department of State Government Affairs supports state dental associations and ADA members by identifying and addressing legislative and regulatory trends that may impact the dental profession. The advocacy map includes current or trending issues.
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From coast to coast, dentists are making a lasting difference in their communities. As both medical professionals and community leaders, our members provide the dental care needed to keep people healthy and smiling while working with elected leaders to help shape the policies that influence health care across the United States.
Speaking with one voice united, dentists can shape the future of the dental profession and protect oral health care for millions of fellow Americans.
I am involved in the ADA's advocacy efforts because I believe that it is an effort worth making for my profession. I want to know that I have been responsible and diligent in my professional life, and being a part of the advocacy efforts of the ADA is how I do that.
Dentistry is a noble profession. We have an obligation to promote our members’ beliefs and also those of our patients who entrust their oral health to us by advocating through the ADA.
Although serving patients is my top priority, so much more goes into the practice of dentistry. The ADA is there to serve as our advocate to ensure dentists and dental students like me can focus on our patients, practices and communities. I am proud to stand with them and make my voice heard as a student advocate for our profession.