The Connecticut Dental Political Action Committee (CODPAC) is the political arm of the Connecticut State Dental Association (CSDA). It is a group of CSDA members who are interested in supporting pro-dentistry legislators and candidates, and protecting dentistry’s interests in Connecticut.
Advocacy by the Connecticut State Dental Association (CSDA) is a member benefit that all CSDA members and nonmembers, alike, enjoy as a result of the CSDA Strategic Plan and the efforts of the Board of Governors and the Council on Legislation. Furthermore, advocacy is a member benefit that is overwhelmingly and consistently sited as a reason for belonging to the CSDA. But the CSDA can only participate in the political arena to a certain extent. That’s where CODPAC steps in. CODPAC is allowed to make monetary contributions to legislators running for office, to political parties, and other Political Action Committees. CODPAC contributes to both parties equally and our mission is to educate dentists about the importance of political action and to support legislators of any party who understand and advocate for issues important to dentists and their patients. In addition, CODPAC provides the opportunity for CSDA leaders to meet with legislators and discuss those issues important to our patients and our profession.
CSDA leaders have worked in the past and will continue to work to educate candidates and legislators on issues such as these:
Work force issues such as ADHP and EFDA
Fairer Medicaid Audits
Updating dental anesthesia definitions to conform with current nationally recognized definitions
Other licensure and scope of practice issues as they arise