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Call for Nominations: Speaker of the House

The WSDA is currently accepting nominations for the Speaker of the House at the 2012 WSDA House of Delegates. To apply for the position, please submit a letter of interest and your CV to Brenda Berlin at Deadline for submissionn is April 19, 2012.

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In Her Own Words: UWSoD Student Inna Piskorska in Haiti

Inna Piskorska is a third year dental student at the UWSoD, currently in Haiti with a group of dentists and students. The group is hosted by Medical Relief International, an organization formed by WSDA member Dr. Mike Karr. Piskorska approached the WSDA News about a story of her travels and experiences while in Haiti, and we asked her to start by blogging about her experiences while she was there. This is the first of her reports.

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Bill Ending Antitrust Exemption For Insurance Companies Passes House

On Thursday, the "Help Efficient, Acessible, Low-Cost, Timely Healthcare (HEALTH) Act of of 2011 passed out of the U.S. House of Representatives. The primary intent of the HEALTH Act is medical tort reform but one ammendment would modify the McCarran-Ferguson act which provides helath insurance companies an exemption from federal ant-trust laws. Under current law, dentists and other health care providers fall under the jurisdiction of anti-trust law but health insurance companies do not. Passage of the HEALTH Act would directly impacted dental insurance providers in Washington state.

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2011 Citizen of the year, Dr. Mike Karr, and his wife, Cheryl

Each year the WSDA requests nominations for its most prestigious award, the Citizen of the Year. The WSDA is looking for those members who have displayed exemplary service to the community through civic activities. This may include service with organizations, schools, non-salaried government positions or church sponsored community activities. Volunteer work does not have to be dental related.   

The award is presented at the Citizen of the Year banquet held during the annual House of Delegates meeting in September. This year the banquet will be held on September 14th in Walla Walla. Last year’s winner was Dr. Mike Karr, recognized for his tireless work in Haiti, Tanzania/Uganda, the Philippines, Honduras and Nicaragua.

Nominations may be made by an individual member of the WSDA, a component dental society, or staff of a WSDA member dentist. The deadline for nominations is April 26.

To submit your nomination, please click here to complete the form

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