Pictured, left to right: Dr. Layne McCord (RMSO), Dr. Deborah Lien (MSO), Representative Erik Paulsen (R-MN), Dr. Kevin Horner (MSO) and AAO Associate General Counsel Sean Murphy.

Lawmakers in Washington, D.C. have  passed a Continuing Resolution (CR) to fund the federal government through February 8.  In addition, the CR will also retroactively extend the moratorium on the medical device tax (which went back into affect on January 1, 2018), such that the tax will not apply to sales during calendar years 2018 and 2019. Without the moratorium, the medical device tax would have applied to many orthodontic devices and appliances. 

The medical device tax has long been an advocacy issue for the AAO, and this moratorium will allow an average member’s practice to not have to pay this additional tax, at least for the next two years.  Thank you to all of those who support the AAO’s advocacy efforts and Political Action Committee (AAOPAC).