More Smiles Dental Spa Dentistry Blog | James A. Moreau, Jr., D.D.S.

Monday, May 12, 2008

After a busy week at the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry scientific session in New Orleans, Dr. Moreau was off this morning, bright and early, to join the American Dental Association legislative leadership team in Washington, D.C., for a round of visits with Louisiana legislators. Except for a bomb threat at the airport which delayed boarding his flight (turned out to be unfounded), all is well in the capital city tonight.

Organized dentistry (the American Dental Association - ADA) is approaching universal health care by looking to expand access in ways that will not affect taxpayer money. For instance, the leadership is coming up with a variety of ideas, through legislation, to encourage dentists to see medicaid children and to provide care for the poor and under-served.

Your dentist is in a leadership role in trying to make these changes in Congress. Things are changing in the U.S.--easily twenty cents of every dollar spent on health care is caused by government taxation and regulations. It's important to find a balance between what's necessary and what's in the way of Americans having reasonable access to the best health care in the world. These are complicated issues, but the ADA - and your dentist, as an Action Team Leader for the ADA initiative - are all over it.

Over the course of two days, Dr. Moreau and his grassroots team of Louisiana dentists will be meeting with 6 of 9 legislators from Louisiana to initiate the discussions. Nothing will get done in Congress this year because of the lame duck presidency, but the group is working to set up ideas and bills for the next Congress. Four bills are being proposed through this ADA initiative.

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