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WSDA News · The Official Publication of the Washington State Dental Association

The December issue of the WSDA News will be mailed this week, but for those of you wanting to get a jump on things, it’s available online for members at

WDIA · Washington Dentists’ Insurance Agency

We’re committed to you in every way — price, service, product — and to that end, we’ve gathered a team of insurance specialists who know products and the needs of dental professionals. We’re here for you when you need us most, and because the Washington Dentists Insurance Agency is a wholly-owned subsidiary of WSDA, you benefit from choosing us as your insurance provider in many ways. Not only do we provide great service and pricing, but 100% of commissions earned by WDIA above operating costs are returned to WSDA to help keep your annual membership dues low, make the Pacific Northwest Dental Conference a success, sponsor dental seminars, workshops, dental legislative efforts, and the UW School of Dentistry. Contact us today 206.441.6824 · 800.282.9342 ·

Membership Dues for 2012

As a friendly reminder, the payment deadline is January 1, 2012. If you are considering paying your dues with the 12 month payment plan option, you must enroll by December 15.

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HB 1310 Stories in the News

In November 2011, two media outlets ran stories on House Bill 1310. HB 1310 was introduced in the 2011 legislative session and would create two new practitioners: a dental therapist and an advanced dental therapist. WSDA remains opposed to HB 1310 and voiced concerns about the bill in both articles. The first story was run by NPR affliate KPLU on November 11 and can be found here. The second story ran on November 23 in Seattle's street newspaper Real Change and can be found here. Please direct questions on HB 1310 or other legislative issues to