Washington Update

ADEA Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill

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On April 8, ADEA hosted its annual Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill, garnering the highest participation to date.  More than 50 members from the nation’s academic dental and research community attended the event, for which ADEA collaborated with the American Association for Dental Research (AADR). Notably, ADEA members had more than 75... Click Here To Read More

Supreme Court Rules on States’ Right to Prohibit Consideration of Race in Admissions

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On April 22, the United States Supreme Court issued an opinion in its ruling on Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action.  The Court’s decision upheld a constitutional amendment that Michigan voters approved to ban the consideration of race and gender in public education. The Michigan ballot initiative, known as Proposal 2,... Click Here To Read More

Proposed Gainful Employment Rule Released

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On March 14, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) released its proposed regulations for determining whether certain postsecondary education programs, including allied or advanced dental education programs that... Click Here To Read More

Congress Reauthorizes Children's Hospitals GME Payment Program

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The president’s Fiscal Year 2015 Budget proposed eliminating the appropriations for the Children’s Hospital Graduate Medical Education (CHGME) program because the authorization for the program had expired. The FY14 appropriation for CHGME is $265 million.  CHGME includes residencies for dentistry.

The new budget proposes replacing the... Click Here To Read More

HRSA Promotes Oral Health Competencies for Primary Care Providers

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In February, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) released a new report titled Integration of Oral Health and Primary Care Practice. In addition to delineating a set of oral health core clinical competencies for nurse practitioners, nurse midwives, physicians and physician assistants who provide primary care in... Click Here To Read More

Primary Care Bill Would Expand Access to Dental Services

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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) has introduced a bill that would expand access to primary care through workforce initiatives, enhanced reimbursements and increased accountability for Graduate Medical Education (GME) funds.

Provisions of the bill that would... Click Here To Read More

Congress Shows Bipartisan Support for Title VII Programs

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Elected officials on both sides of the aisle have signaled their support for federal health care workforce programs as their colleagues on Capitol Hill gear up to begin work on appropriations bills for FY15.

In the House, 96 members signed on to a Click Here To Read More

Bills to Expand Biomedical Research Funding

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Rep. Anna G. Eshoo (D-CA), a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, has introduced a bill that would increase U.S. investments in biomedical research. The Helping Encourage Advancements in Lifesaving Science or America HEALS Act... Click Here To Read More

New Leadership at HHS

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Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced her resignation in April, shortly after the official close of the nation’s first enrollment period for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. When the federally developed online insurance marketplace healthcare.gov first launched in October 2013, Sebelius was roundly... Click Here To Read More

Nominations to HRSA Advisory Committee Due May 30

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The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is seeking individuals in general dentistry, pediatric dentistry and dental hygiene to serve on the Advisory Committee on Training in Primary Care Medicine and Dentistry.  The committee was established in 1998 to advise the Secretary of Health and Human Services on policy, program development... Click Here To Read More
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