AMERICAN DENTAL POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE
It is the bipartisan legislative arm of the American Dental Association that:
Provides a political voice for thousands of dentists and dental students who care about their patients and the profession
Works to elect congressional candidates who understand the importance of dentistry and the link between oral health and overall health
Affords education opportunities to dentists who are interested in running for public office
IN A NUTSHELL..
A way of Protecting the profession
Providing “Preventative Care” for the profession
A Powerful force for the profession
It’s the cheapest form of insurance for the entire dental profession that you can buy!
BENEFITS OF ADPAC
ADPAC has created relationships that benefit the ADA.
ADA lobbyists are able to communicate the concerns of our profession to lawmakers who are involved in drafting and voting on health care legislation.
ADPAC ensures that dentists have a voice on Capitol Hill!
Health care legislation affects:
Student loan scholarships and loan repayment programs
Expanding community dental health programs
Dental faculty recruitment and retention
Reimbursement rates for dentists
Small Business Laws
Scope of Practice
WHY DO CANDIDATES VALUE ADPAC CONTRIBUTIONS?
The top priority for an elected official is re-election.
ADPAC raised $1,797,116 in 2017 to contribute $986,050 to federal candidates and committees.
Lawmakers provide an attentive ear to organizations who help them get re-elected!
WHY SHOULD you JOIN ADPAC?
What is happening on Capitol Hill most certainly affects how you practice dentistry today and 20 years from now.
Where you practice
Who compensates you
The materials you will use
How you practice
What your staff can and can’t do
“Our political involvement is as critical as any continuing education we might take.”
– Dr. Jeff Parrish, former ADPAC Chairman
Joining ADPAC as an ADA student member is an investment for yourself and your future!
ADA student membership = only $5
Student Capitol Club membership = $50
Membership goes for the academic year.
Capitol Club members get a thank-you gift for your contribution.
WHAT DOES your $5 DO?
Legislators don’t want to make laws for all dentists if they think ADPAC’s opinions only represent a minority of the profession.
A greater percentage of member representation gives dentistry political leverage.
ADPAC does not “buy votes” – these monies go to candidates’ campaigns who support oral health initiatives!