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December 02, 2014

VADPAC raised nearly $360,000 for 2014.   The generosity of VDA members has played a large part in protecting the dental profession and patients and we are confident that it will continue and the goal of $375,000 will be reached in 2015.  Your continued participation in VADPAC will ensure we maintain the very positive reputation that our members have in the halls of the Capitol and protect our patients and the profession.

November 18, 2014

Please take a moment to contact your member of Congress and explain the importance of supporting an extension of the Section 179 tax provision prior to the end of 2014.

October 28, 2014

Dr. Todd Pillion, VDA member dentist, is running for the House of Delegates for the Fourth District House of Delegate Seat. The Virginia Dental Political Action Committee (VADPAC) is hosting a fundraiser for Dr. Pillion on October 30 at Heartwood in Abingdon from 6:30-8:30pm.  A fundraiser is also being held in Richmond at the Virginia Auto Dealers Association on Friday, October 31 from 8:00-9:00 a.m.

September 24, 2014

Dr. Charlie Cuttino and Dr. Anne Adams hosted a VDA fundraiser for Delegate John O’Bannon at their home on September 12. A practicing physician, Delegate O’Bannon is one of only a handful of health care providers serving in the General Assembly.  Delegate O’Bannon has a record of collegial public service and a willingness to consider divergent views in reviewing legislation.  He represents House District 73, which encompasses parts of both Henrico County and the City of Richmond.

September 02, 2014

Earlier this month, VDA members were given the opportunity to submit questions and concerns regarding the Board of Dentistry’s sedation permits and plans for the permit holder inspections.  These permit requirements and unannounced inspections will only be affecting those dentists who administer moderate/conscious sedation and general anesthesia/deep sedation.
August 21, 2014

On August 19th,  there were three special elections in Virginia.  The Democrats, as expected, were successful in keeping both seats they had in the House of Delegates.  Joe Lindsey (D-Norfolk) easily won the 90th District seat held by Algie Howell for over a decade and Rip Sullivan (D-Arlington) handily defeated his Republican opponent in the 48th District which was formerly held by Bob Brink.  Both are expected to be seated during the Special Session scheduled for mid-September in Richmond.

August 12, 2014

Medicare and medical insurance in dentistry for the last few years until now was an optional decision.
 
Did you know that The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services published a final rule in May that requires all physicians and eligible professionals—including dentists—who prescribe Part D covered drugs to be enrolled in Medicare or opt out for those prescriptions to be covered under Part D?
 

July 29, 2014

The VDA informed members with a standalone email and in an electronic newsletter The Chatter back in April that regulations pertaining to sedation and anesthesia permits were published and would become effective on May 7, 2014.

July 28, 2014

The Virginia Board of Dentistry has drafted legislation that would prohibit fee splitting and inducement activities.  Click HERE to review the drafted language.
 
The VDA's Position 
July 09, 2014

On July 1st, the Virginia Dental Association (represented by Laura Givens, Director of Legislative and Public Policy and Leslie Pinkston, Director of Membership) presented the doctors from Commonwealth Endodontics with a sketch of the Virginia State Capitol Building signed by Speaker of the House Bill Howell.  This gift was to express the VDA's appreciation for their generous contributions to the Virginia Dental Political Action Committee (VADPAC).  Each of the doctors, Dr. Steve Barbieri, Dr. Ronald Vranas, Dr. Timothy Finkler, Dr. Madelyn Gambrel, Dr.

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