Hopefully you received the Capitol Connection Monday which announced that the MDA victoriously (and perhaps, miraculously) passed its entire legislative agenda despite the challenging circumstances this year. Read the summary that Shantel shared.
As she notes, we want to especially thank you, our members, who acted through VoterVoice alerts. This system was new this year, and we hoped it would make it easier to get an alert out to members at a moment’s notice, thus allowing you to send a message to your legislators as efficiently. As Shantel witnessed first-hand, your efforts made a difference. In the final days last week, Representatives read your letters on the floor of the House, and Senators were pulling her aside mentioning your emails and asking how they could help. Your response helped fight off the oppositions in the two chambers and made your needs more important than the insurance’s wants. We witnessed this same effect earlier in the session when in Committee hearings, your legislators were referring to their dentist’s feedback on issues, reading aloud your comments and concerns.
While alerts will slow down now that session has ended, signing up now ensures you’re ready when we begin again to advocate for you next year. Click here to sign up or TEXT MDA to 50457.
On a closing legislative-related note, I am sad to share that tomorrow, May 22, is Shantel’s last day with the MDA. She is headed to the Missouri State Medical Association to carry out its legislative activities. Although she will be missed for her dedication and tenacity on the MDA legislative front, we now will have a dental advocate and friend at MSMA, an entity we collaborate with on many areas. We thank Shantel for her three years of great service to the MDA. We wish her well not only professionally, but personally, as she is getting married this coming August.
We hope you all continue to find bright spots as you get back to practice under the lingering cloud of COVID-19. Following are news and resources as we head into the weekend, including a document just updated today—ADA Guidance on Coding and Billing for PPE—something we've been getting a lot of questions about. Wishing you and yours a nice Memorial Day weekend.
Be well and take care,
MDA Executive Director