April 14-16, 2019
Washington Hilton
Washington, D.C.

For the third consecutive year, the American Student Dental Association is joining forces with the American Dental Association to lobby on Capitol Hill. ADA Dentist and Student Lobby Day creates the opportunity for dental students and dentists to meet with members of Congress together and network throughout the meeting. You won’t want to miss the electric atmosphere created by 1,000 dental professionals gathering in Washington D.C. to protect and advance the profession.

What to expect? 

3 days of joint events. 

  • Network with dental students and dentists at an evening Welcome Reception. 
  • Receive training on how to lobby your lawmakers.
  • Learn more about the issues that affect dental students and practitioners. 
  • Meet with dental students and dentists from your region to prepare for your congressional appointments. 
  • Hear from prominent speakers who will analyze the current political environment. 
  • Enjoy a breakfast with your colleagues.
  • Celebrate award recipients, including ASDA’s Legislative Liaison of the Year. 
  • Meet with members of Congress. 
Congressional Appointments

To ensure every member of Congress is visited by a constituent, your congressional meeting will be scheduled for you during the registration process.

It is very important that you adhere to the registration procedures to guarantee that you secure a congressional meeting. 

Lobby Day Issues

Attendees will lobby the following issues during congressional appointments:

Student Loan Programs and the Higher Education Act: We will urge Congress to reauthorize the Higher Education Act, which is several years overdue for reauthorization, and to combat the exorbitant amounts of dental student debt.

McCarran-Ferguson Act: Attendees will ask for support in amending the McCarran-Ferguson Act to empower the Federal Trade Commission and U.S. Department of Justice to enforce the full range of federal antitrust laws against health insurance companies engaged in anticompetitive conduct. 

Ensuring Lasting Smiles Act:  Dental students and dentists will support this act to ensure that children suffering from congenital anomalies and birth defects are able to receive the treatment they need.