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ADA Dentist and Student Lobby Day
Washington Hilton
Washington, D.C.

The 2019 ADA Dentist and Student Lobby Day was a success. For the third consecutive year, the American Student Dental Association joined forces with the American Dental Association to lobby on Capitol Hill. Dental students and dentists met with members of Congress  and networked throughout the meeting. Mark your calendars for the 2020 ADA Dentist and Student Lobby Day! You won’t want to miss the electric atmosphere created by 1,000 dental professionals gathering in Washington D.C. to protect and advance the profession.

What to expect during Lobby Day? 

3 days of joint events. 

Sunday:
  • Network with dental students and dentists at an evening Welcome Reception. 
Monday: 
  • Receive training on how to lobby your lawmakers.
  • Learn more about the issues that affect dental students and practitioners. 
  • Meet with dental students and dentists from your region to prepare for your congressional appointments. 
  • Hear from prominent speakers who will analyze the current political environment. 
Tuesday:
  • Enjoy a breakfast with your colleagues.
  • Celebrate award recipients, including ASDA’s Legislative Liaison of the Year. 
  • Meet with members of Congress. 

2019 Lobby Day Issues
Attendees lobbied the following issues during their congressional appointments:

Student Loan Programs and the Higher Education Act: We will urge Congress to reauthorize the Higher Education Act, which is several years overdue for reauthorization, and to combat the exorbitant amounts of dental student debt.

Competitive Health Insurance Reform ActAttendees will ask for support in amending the McCarran-Ferguson Act to empower the Federal Trade Commission and U.S. Department of Justice to enforce the full range of federal antitrust laws against health insurance companies engaged in anticompetitive conduct. 

Ensuring Lasting Smiles Act
Dental students and dentists will support this act to ensure that children suffering from congenital anomalies and birth defects are able to receive the treatment they need.