Texas Lobby Day
Every other year, Houston ASDA sponsors a group of students to go to the capitol in Austin TX for TDA Lobby Day. Students take a bus from Houston to Austin and a briefed on current issues regarding dentistry in Texas. Recent topics have included the mid-level provider bill, making sure patients get the full benefit of their dental insurance and asking for loan-forgiveness programs to be re-funded. Students are able to meet with legislators and lobby first-hand for their profession at the state level.
National Lobby Day
National Lobby Day is a day when dental students from across the nation come together in Washington DC. We had short meeting with representatives from our state to lobby for specific bills relevant to dentists and dental students. There we conveyed the magnitude of our student debt and urged the congressmen to pass HR. 649 to allow students to take advantage of lower interest rates. Since taxpayers are wasting 3 billion dollars every year on unnecessary and unfruitful visits to the emergency room, we urged the congressmen to pass HR. 539 which would have patients diverted to a dentist and allow programs like Give Kids a Smile and Texas Mission of Mercy to apply for funds already with CDC.