| Journal of the Arizona Dental Association, June-July 2013
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this would also include periodontal visits every three
months, or orthodontic coverage where the second-
ary plan does not contribute to the costs of treat-
ment, even though premiums are being paid on both
plans. Our very own Congressman Paul Gosar, DDS,
sponsored both of the aforementioned bills. Repeal
of the medical device tax, and the yet-to-be-clarified
list of which “devices” will be taxed, was also encour-
aged during our visits. Essentially, the medical device
tax is a manufacturer’s excise tax, which would require
dental equipment, materials, and supplies purchased
by a dentist, to be taxed. The tax will increase dental
costs by $160 million annually.
Representative Gosar surprised the Arizona delegation
with a coveted opportunity to take the Capitol Dome
tour. Only seven people, plus the member of Con-
gress, are allowed in each group on an escorted tour of
the inside of the Capitol Dome.
The Washington Leadership Conference was our op-
portunity to bring our issues to the attention of elected
officials and their staff in visits to congressional offices
on Capitol Hill. This was our chance to tell our story
directly to the legislators. By the end of the trip, I
realized the importance of this process. Every day,
legislators with no dental experience make decisions
that affect how we practice dentistry. They are often
influenced by outside lobbyists and business entities
with ulterior motives. If we don’t share our perspective
(as doctors of oral health) with members of Con-
gress, then others (who don’t have the best interest of
dentistry and our patients in mind) will end up speaking
for us. I encourage every dentist to get to know your
representatives in Congress and voice your opinion.
When it comes to dentistry and oral health, we need
to be a constant, reliable source of knowledge and
experience to our legislators. We know the issues that
affect dentistry and patient care because we live them
every day. We have to share this knowledge with our
legislators so that we can continue to deliver quality
dental care. As a last point, we (AzDA) are fortunate
to have Executive Director Kevin Earle and a Board
who continue to present a powerful message to our
state legislators, as well as advocating legislation that
benefits dentistry and our patients.
In each issue, I’d like to highlight some of the
exemplary accomplishments, contributions
and commitment to professionalism and ser-
vice of our membership. Each month we will
recognize individuals or organizations from
each component that have done something
special and made a difference in their com-
munity. I will ask component presidents and
trustees to submit names of those deserving
of recognition. In this issue, I would like to
start by recognizing the Arizona Dental Foun-
dation (ADF), which is made up of dentists
and volunteers from each component and
is the face of dentistry in Arizona. Under
the direction of Executive Director Ginger
Froncek and current Chair Dr. Mike Smith,
ADF has now provided nearly $4 million
dollars in services to over 12,000 deserving
children. The ADF also takes care of senior
citizens and special needs patients through its
Donated Dental Services program.
Your volunteerism and your donations are the
real reason ADF is a success. I for one am
proud that our foundation reflects community
dentistry in Arizona on so many levels.
Congratulations to Ginger Froncek
on her
ten-year anniversary as Executive Director
of the Arizona Dental Foundation (ADF).
Under Ginger’s direction, ADF has become
the charitable arm of AzDA and the face
of dentistry in Arizona. ADF takes care of
special needs patients, senior citizens and the
underserved children throughout the state
of Arizona with over 12,000 children being
served through the Give Kids a Smile pro-
gram. Thank you, Ginger!
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