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IDA House to focus on budget, Practice Act


Delegates and alternates to the upcoming House of Delegates will need to bring their calculators, as much focus will be on the proposed 2012-2013 budget and the Board of Trustees’ recommended dues increase.

The House will also debate 20 recommended changes to the Indiana Dental Practice Act.

“The IDA’s general financial picture is good, but the Association will face a significant deficit if the dues increase is not approved,” said IDA Executive Director Doug Bush.

Bush further explained that the budget crunch is not the result of significant spending increases, but the result of anticipated revenue decreases.

“Many members don’t realize that the majority of IDA income doesn’t come from dues,” he said. “Fifty-seven percent of income is in the form of royalties, sponsorships, advertising, and user fees.

“One of IDA’s greatest benefactors is its for-profit subsidiary, IDA Insurance Services (IDAIS). Unfortunately, the enactment of the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) led to significant cuts in commission income to IDAIS which, in turn, led to a $100,000 reduction to what IDAIS pays IDA in sponsorships, advertising, employees and office leasing.”

Bush also said the IDA received almost $60,000 in income from the bi-annual ethics and jurisprudence issue of the Journal of the Indiana Dental Association. Since the issue only comes out every other year, that income will not repeat in 2012-2013.

The Board of Trustees, which met April 28, is recommending raising dues for full-dues paying members from $400 to $557. Alternatives discussed included tapping the Association’s reserve fund, or making significant cuts to programs or member services. 

The House will also hear recommendations from a task force appointed to review and suggest changes to the Indiana Dental Practice Act. The task force, chaired by Past President Dr. Dick Martin, is recommending numerous changes. 

“Some of the proposed changes clean up out-of-date language, while others clarify ambiguities,” said Bush.

The House will consider a total of 38 resolutions at its June 7-9 meeting, held in conjunction with the IDA Annual Session at the Hyatt Regency Indianapolis.

All resolutions, as well as year-end reports from every council and committee, are available online for review (members only) at


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