By Board Chair Jeremy Hedrick, Careington International

The end of 2021 will soon be here. Like many of you, NADP is preparing for 2022 while wrapping up current projects.  We’re also keenly aware of the events in Washington, D.C., and continue to represent you on the issues impacting your business. I want to briefly highlight some key developments that will impact us in the coming year.

First and foremost, I want to thank the members who served on the Board of Directors in 2021. Your time, talent and contributions are greatly appreciated. I also welcome our newly elected board members, Amy Miller, BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina; Jeff Schwab, Dominion National (second term) and Mike Trebold, Ameritas Life Insurance Corp.

In addition, I want to thank the 511 volunteers who served in 2021 and welcome members who signed up for 2022 volunteer groups. Having a strong, collaborative volunteer program is one of the association’s values highlighted in our new Strategic Plan. Volunteers provide the knowledge, insight and talent that fuels our association programs.

Volunteers are at the heart of everything we do, and we are fortunate to have a diverse, dedicated group of individuals who will lead us next year. Our 2022 volunteer groups will begin by developing operational plans to support the high-level initiatives in the Strategic Plan. They will share these plans with the Board and fellow volunteer groups at the Leadership Conference. The 2022 Volunteer Groups will be announced soon and will begin work on their November conference calls.

We are all looking forward to Leadership Conference, which will be Jan. 24-26 in Dallas. This members’-only event is focused on the professional development of our volunteer leaders and the work of each volunteer group. Watch for more information in the coming days and plan now to attend. Registration will open soon.

In addition to the above activities, NADP has begun the membership renewal process for 2022. Having a strong membership base strengthens our voice and advocacy programs. Thank you for being NADP members!

While we are laying the foundation for a successful 2022, NADP continues to serve as your voice on key federal and state issues. Lately, Congress has been considering the addition of dental coverage to the Medicare program. There have been several twists and turns along the way, and NADP remains committed to representing our members, working with Congress, and keeping you informed. For the most up-to-date developments on this and additional legislative topics, subscribe to the members’ only Advocacy Open Forum in Dental Interact (login required).

As you can see, NADP continues to serve as the representative and recognized resource of the dental benefits industry. We appreciate your continued involvement and support and look forward to our continued service in 2022. Should you have any questions or comments about the direction of NADP, please contact me.

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