May 2019 Volume LIV Number 3


AAPD Public Policy Advocacy Conference in Washington, D.C.

May 2013 Volume XLVIX Number 3

 On March 12-13, 2013, over 140 AAPD members advocated for childrens oral health in in Washington, D.C., by visiting with their members of Congress. This included members of the Council on Government Affairs, PAC Steering Committee, and Executive Committee. Attendees participated in two AAPD PAC events and heard updates on key AAPD public policy issues such as Title VII pediatric dentistry training funds, ERISA dental insurance reform, Maternal and Child Health Leadership Centers

in Pediatric Dentistry, and implementation of the pediatric oral health benefit under the Affordable Care Act. They advocated for these issues in their Capitol Hill visits. Fourteen pediatric dental residency programs were also represented: University of California Los Angeles, University of California San Francisco, University of Southern California, Childrens Hospital of Colorado, Childrens National Medical Center (DC), Louisiana State University, New York University, Mt. Sinai Hospital (NY), the Ohio State University/Nationwide Childrens Hospital, Lutheran Medical Center-Rhode Island program, University of Maryland, University of North Carolina, University of Washington, and Virginia Commonwealth University.

Fact sheets used in Congressional visits are available on the AAPD website at

The AAPD thanks all those members who took time from their busy schedules to attend this conference. For further information, contact COO and General Counsel C. Scott Litch at (312) 337-2169 or


The AAPD PAC presented the 2013 Legislator of the Year Award to Senator Ben Cardin (D-Maryland), who helped make oral health required coverage for children under both the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and the ACA. (l-r) District II Trustee Shari C. Kohn (Hunt Valley, Maryland), Senator Cardin, and President-elect Warren A. Brill (Baltimore, Maryland).

CNNs chief political analyst Gloria Borger entertained attendees during lunch with her presentation "The Insiders View from Washington."

The AAPD PAC and Hogan Lovells (the AAPDs D.C. government relations consultant) hosted a fund-raising reception for Congressman Jack Kingston (R-1st Georgia), the new chair of the House Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Subcommittee which funds health-related programs like Title VII. (l-r) CEO John Rutkauskas, Congressional Liaison Heber Simmons Jr, Congressman Kingston, Immediate Past President Rhea M. Haugseth (Marietta, Georgia), and President Joel H. Berg