Federal elections might be interesting, and they can certainly be fun to watch, but the most important changes to the dental profession happen right here, in the Indiana General Assembly. IDA’s Dental Day at the Capitol is designed to introduce IDA members to these upcoming changes as well as the steps they can take to shape beneficial change.
Dental Day at the Capitol is a unique opportunity for dentists to learn more about the role they play in influencing Indiana health care policy and affecting the future of their dental practices. Member dentists learn about the legislation that will be impacting the dental profession, and the stance that IDA is and will continue to take during the legislative session. Dentists are invited to educate legislators on how their decisions impact the dental profession, dental practices, and, more importantly, the constituents they serve.
Dental Day is held annually in January or February. The goals of the event are to:
- introduce IDA members to the Statehouse,
- educate state lawmakers on the issues that are important to dentistry, and
- help dentists become advocates for the profession.
Dental Day 2017
Approximately 30 IDA member dentists and their guests attended Dental Day 2017 on Wednesday, January 25, 2017. The day began with an educational session as well as summary statements by IDA member and State Representative Dr. Denny Zent and Representative Ron Bacon. The group then visited the Statehouse where they had the opportunity to meet with their own legislators or contacts. Of special interest this year was the chance to present IDA’s legislative concerns to Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch, and to meet with Attorney General Curtis Hill.
If you’ve never attended Dental Day, or if you’re a seasoned Dental Day attendee, this is an important event to attend. If you were unable to attend this year’s event but would like to schedule a visit to the Statehouse, contact IDA Director of Government Affairs Ed Popcheff at 800-562-5646 to arrange a personal visit.
The Dental Day schedule is typically announced in September; be watching the IDA website and the IDA Update email for information on Dental Day 2018. Then mark your calendar, clear your schedule, and prepare to play an active role in the future of your profession.