Washington Update

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

ADEA/Sunstar Americas, Inc./Harry W. Bruce, Jr. Legislative Fellowship - May 2014

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Dental school faculty members or administrators who want to interface with members of Congress on issues of importance to oral health are encouraged to apply for the ADEA/Sunstar Americas, Inc./Harry W. Bruce, Jr. Legislative Fellowship. The fellow selected spends three months in Washington, D.C., working... Click Here To Read More

ADEA/Sunstar Americas, Inc./Jack Bresch Student Legislative Internship - May 2014

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The ADEA/Sunstar Americas, Inc./Jack Bresch Student Legislative Internship is a six-week, stipend-supported internship in the Advocacy and Governmental Relations (ADEA AGR) portfolio of the ADEA Policy Center in Washington, D.C. This student legislative internship provides a unique... Click Here To Read More

Funding Opportunities - May 2014

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Below are selected funding opportunities that might be of interest. You can search for additional federal government funding opportunities at grants.gov.

RFA-HG-14-004
Predoctoral Training in Biomedical Big Data Science (T32)
National Institutes of... Click Here To Read More

U.S. Supreme Court Rules on Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin

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On June 24, 2013, the United States Supreme Court issued a 7-1 ruling on Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin (Fisher). Justice Elena Kagan recused herself from the case.

Abigail Fisher, an applicant to the University of... Click Here To Read More

U.S. Supreme Court Rules on Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics

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On June 13, 2013, the United States Supreme Court issued an opinion regarding a decision of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit that found both isolated DNA and cDNA (a form of DNA artificially synthesized from a messenger RNA... Click Here To Read More

Health Professions Schools Warned Against Hepatitis B Discrimination

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The Departments of Justice, Education, and Health and Human Services sent a joint letter to all U.S. medical schools, dental schools, nursing schools, and other health-related schools, expressing concern that some may be making enrollment decisions based on an incorrect... Click Here To Read More

Pediatric Dental Care Provision Under the Affordable Care Act Faces Challenges

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Parents may not be required to buy dental coverage if the cost of the stand-alone dental coverage does not count toward the amount of financial assistance a family could receive to purchase health insurance. And, if bought as a separate policy, the kids' dental coverage will require payments in addition to those for medical coverage. Many worry... Click Here To Read More