It was a VERY busy and productive legislative session as the ODA joined forces with every other healthcare association to fight managed care Medicaid. On June 1, the Oklahoma Supreme Court sided with several Oklahoma medical groups, including your ODA, and ruled 6 to 3 that the OHCA does not have the authority to move forward with any part of managed care Medicaid. (A copy of the ruling may be found HERE)
The ODA works closely with the ADA to represent your voice and views on legislative issues affecting you and your practice. The ADA represents nearly 157,000 dentists and works to improve America’s oral health, advance the science of dentistry and enhance the best oral health care system in the world.
As a member of the ODA, a portion of your dues goes toward supporting and protecting the dental profession in Oklahoma. Through tripartite membership in the ADA, ODA and the local component, dental professionals have one consistent, unified voice that represents what is best for the dental community.
ODA dedicates itself to working with each level of the tripartite to protect professional autonomy and advance the profession of dentistry. Oklahoma dentists are standing in solidarity with practitioners across the nation for the advancement of our field. Without the solidarity of members for state and local organizations, our voice would not be as strong.
How can you stay informed about the latest legislative and regulatory happenings?
- Subscribe to the monthly e-publication, Government and Public Affairs Update. ada.org/en/publications/ada-e-communications
- Access the State Legislative Report (members only).
- Subscribe to the RSS feed for ADA News Today. ada.org/en/publications/ada-news
- Learn about legislative and regulatory issues that could affect dentists as practitioners, employers, and consumers. ada.org/en/advocacy/advocacy-issues
You can take action by talking to your legislators.
- Subscribe to ADA Action Alerts.
- Contact your legislator.
- Contribute to ADPAC.
- Connect to lawmakers on social media.
If you have questions about ODA advocacy efforts, contact Lynn Means, ODA Executive Director.
Your Voice Matters
Dentists can't afford to be silent partners in their own business and practice decisions. Legislative advocacy is just good business, and ODA makes it our business to protect you.
DENPAC/ADPAC: You can't afford to be a silent partner in decisions that affect your business, your practice, your profession or your patients. Have a voice in those decisions by donating today! See a List of Contributions.
Dentist Day at the Capitol: This event provides you with an opportunity to meet your legislators. Don’t sit back and assume others will be representing your legislative district. YOU Be the One!
National Representation: The ODA works with the ADA to represent your voice and views on issues affecting you and your practice. The ADA represents nearly 157,000 dentists and works to improve America’s oral health, advance the science of dentistry and enhance the best oral health care system in the world.
State Representation: Learn more about ODA efforts during and after each session.
ODA Grassroots Team: With so many legislators and term limits, the ODA continuously has a lot of people to get to know. If you have an existing relationship with a Representative or Senator (participate in a fundraiser, attend church together, knew each other in college or high school), please join.