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Apr 11 2022
Day at the Statehouse, the Ohio Dental Association’s most important grassroots advocacy event, will be May 18 in Columbus. Day at the Statehouse gives dentists, dental residents and dental students an ... [continue reading]
Apr 11 2022
The ADA hosted its annual Dentist and Student Lobby Day in ... [continue reading]
Apr 11 2022
The beginning of 2022 has come with a lot of carryover from 2020 and 2021. Most of which is dealing with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and how the world is reacting. While COVID is still out and about and a very real concern, it does seem that we have begun to return to more of a “normal.” Having said that, I wanted to share with all of you ... [continue reading]
Dec 14 2021
As we come to the end of 2021 it is important to recap the year at the statehouse and look ahead to the coming year. As crazy as 2020 was, 2021 has also been full of challenges due to the pandemic that is still going on throughout the world. The ODA lobby team has been very busy this year. In the beginning of 2021, which seems like much longer ... [continue reading]
Nov 9 2021
On Sept. 22, ODA Past President Dr. Sharon Parsons and I testified before the Ohio House of Representatives Insurance Committee in support of House Bill 344, which would prohibit dental insurers from setting fees for dental services that the insurance companies do not even cover. I pointed out that “this practice of insurance companies ... [continue reading]
Oct 19 2021
Dental insurance plans are now dictating fees for dental services that the insurance company does not even cover for enrollees. This practice is fundamentally unfair and unnecessarily interferes with the patient-dentist relationship. The Ohio Dental Association supports the effort to stop this unfair practice and asks members of the General ... [continue reading]
Aug 11 2021
One of the busiest times of the year has come and gone in the Ohio legislature. The biennial operating budget (House Bill 110) has passed the House and Senate and has been signed by the governor. The budget has to be passed by July 1 in order for the state to continue to operate. The main purpose of the budget is to allocate money to departments ... [continue reading]
Jul 12 2021
Dr. Hal Jeter attends a meeting during the ODA Virtual Day at the Statehouse with Dr. Hans Guter and Dr. Scott Balzer and staff members from the office of Sen. Bob Peterson (R-Washington Courthouse). They were joined on the call by Eric Richmond, ODA director of legal and legislative ... [continue reading]
May 14 2021
Strength in numbers may be an odd term for dentists since we spend most of our time in a one-on-one relationship with our patients. Many of us practice in solo offices, some of us practice in partnerships with a few other dentists and more and more of us practice in larger group dental practices. When we consider the size of our state government ... [continue reading]
May 14 2021
When this article reaches the press many of you will have already met with your legislators in this year’s Ohio Dental Association Day at the Statehouse, while some of you may have meetings later this month. I want to thank those who participated and make sure that all members are aware of the important function this day serves. I am hopeful ... [continue reading]
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