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Apr 12 2024
Day at the Statehouse, the Ohio Dental Association’s most important grassroots advocacy event, will be May 8 in Columbus. Day at the Statehouse gives dentists, dental residents and ... [continue reading]
Mar 5 2024
Day at the Statehouse, the Ohio Dental Association’s most important grassroots advocacy event, will be May 8 in Columbus. Day at the ... [continue reading]
Mar 5 2024
Last month, I wrote my column on the ODA membership survey conducted in the fall of 2023. To review, we commission an independent survey research firm to conduct a broad, comprehensive survey of the entire ODA membership periodically. We did such surveys in 1988, 1991, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2007, 2012, 2018 and again in 2023. While the surveys have ... [continue reading]
Dec 12 2023
Dental insurance plans are dictating fees for dental services that the insurance company does not cover for enrollees. This practice is fundamentally unfair and unnecessarily interferes with the patient-dentist relationship. Senate Bill 115, which would prohibit insurance companies from setting fees for services they do not cover, recently passed ... [continue reading]
Dec 12 2023
In years past the membership survey has shown that one of the most important membership benefits of the ODA is our advocacy. Your input is vital to letting us know what we are doing well or could do better. I have a feeling that this year’s survey will again show that advocacy is among the most important member benefits. To me, advocacy is the ... [continue reading]
Aug 15 2023
The ODA has been very active in advocating for a substantial increase in the state’s funding of Ohio’s dental Medicaid program. We have engaged state leaders for the last two years as we prepared for passage of the state’s budget for fiscal years 2024 and 2025. These efforts are paying off. The state budget that passed the Ohio General ... [continue reading]
Jul 17 2023
ODA members met with Ohio Speaker of the House Jason Stephens (R-Kitts Hill) at this year’s Day at the Statehouse, where attendees spoke to their legislators about supporting the Dentist and Dental Hygienist Licensure Compact. The legislation has passed the Senate and is now up for ... [continue reading]
Jun 13 2023
At the 2023 ODA Day at the Statehouse, 100 dentists, dental residents, students and spouses met with their state senators ... [continue reading]
Jun 12 2023
Wow. May was a busy month. From Day at the State House, to The Ohio State University College of Dentistry Convocation (I was so honored to attend), to Executive Committee meetings, to testifying at the Statehouse on SB 115 (legislation that would prohibit insurers from setting fees for non-covered services), to guest presentations at local ... [continue reading]
Jun 12 2023
As many of you have heard me say, dentistry is truly a wonderful profession. It offers you and all dentists the opportunity to help people with their smiles and their oral health. Dentists have many career paths available to them, including as a practice owner, employer, employee, faculty member, consultant, etc. Moreover, dentists are well ... [continue reading]
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