Washington Update

Health Subcommittee Holds Hearing on FY16 Budget, GME Cuts

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Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell was the star witness at the House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing on the administration’s proposed FY16 budget.

Although the president’s overall budget anticipates an increase in discretionary spending authority of $4.8 billion, as outlined in Secretary Burwell’s Feb. 26 ... Click Here To Read More

Innovations for Healthier Americans Hearings Held in Senate HELP Committee

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The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) held the first of a series of hearings designed to improve public policies to bolster medical innovation and give consumers quicker access to breakthrough drugs and medical devices. The hearings are based on a 109-page ... Click Here To Read More

ADEA Launches New Advocacy Website

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ADEA is pleased to announce the debut of the ADEA Advocacy website. The website is a new tool to facilitate your ability to access information on issues of importance to academic dentistry and dental and craniofacial research, and provide input to elected officials on issues of... Click Here To Read More

Congressional Resources—April 2015

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For those interested in following the congressional proceedings, please access the U.S. House of Representatives or Senate through the following links:

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