Missouri was the fifth state to receive advocacy assistance via the AAO Component Legal Support Fund (CLSF). In January, the Missouri Society of Orthodontists applied for CLSF funding
and in April, the state dental board rescinded the state’s dental advertising rules. *
Dr. Michael LaFerla of Joplin, president of the Missouri Society of Orthodontists, recently reported to the component’s membership:
“The AAO’s Component Legal Support Fund (CLSF) enabled Associate General Counsel Sean Murphy the ability to work with the Missouri Dental Association and the Missouri Dental Board to draft a legislative amendment that strengthens Missouri’s advertising laws and as a result, protects the public. It all moved very quickly, but the coalition was still able to amend the language into HB 1719, which passed within the final hours of Missouri’s legislative session this year.”
Click here to view the language
, which is underlined on pages 98-100.
First established by a vote of the 2015 House of Delegates, the CLSF provides grants to component organizations that enable the AAO to assist with legal and advocacy work on proposed legislation or regulatory changes that would impact orthodontic practices and patients at the state level.
Learn about other recent state-based advocacy initiatives:
- New Hampshire
- Rhode Island
* An additional 10 states have now qualified for assistance via the CLSF.