Washington Update

Report Bemoans Cuts to GME Funding for Teaching Health Centers

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Teaching Health Centers (THC), which train physicians and dentists in community-based settings, appear to be one of the most promising ways to reverse the shortage of primary care providers, especially in rural areas. More than nine out of 10 THC graduates stay in primary care as compared to less than one in four graduates from traditional... Click Here To Read More

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

Supreme Court Rules Against North Carolina Dental Board

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A state licensing board composed of active market participants does not have automatic immunity from antitrust laws, the Supreme Court held on Feb. 25, 2015 in North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners v. Federal Trade Commission. The... Click Here To Read More

House Once Again Passes Bill to Repeal ACA

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The Republican-controlled House of Representatives voted again to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in its entirety. The Feb. 3 vote, which passed by a 239–186 margin, was the 67th House vote to somehow alter the law—whether by repealing it, defunding it or changing one or more of its provisions—according to a CNN... Click Here To Read More

Rep. Ryan: GOP Must Have “Contingency Plan” if Supreme Court Guts ACA

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Republicans must prepare alternative legislation in case the Supreme Court guts a key provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), said Rep. Paul Ryan (WI), Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, the chamber’s top tax-writing panel.

“We have to have a contingency plan,” Ryan said on Feb. 13 in a briefing... Click Here To Read More

NIDCR Gets Increase in President’s Budget Proposal

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President Barack Obama’s 2016 budget proposal provides a raft of increased spending. This includes a $1 billion increase—to $31.311 billion—for the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Of the total $1 billion NIH budget increase, some 90%... Click Here To Read More

Both Senate and House Democrats Seek to Extend Funding for CHIP

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On Feb. 12, Democrats in both the House and Senate introduced companion bills to extend funding for the popular Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) through 2019. CHIP, which was established in 1997 and serves about 10 million children, has authorization through 2019. However, without new funding, the program will run out of money on... Click Here To Read More

Congress Considers an Update to Student Privacy Law

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A House subcommittee considers major changes to the key law safeguarding student information, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), for the first time since it was signed into law in 1974. 

“Despite the advent of computers, the Internet, Wi-Fi, cloud services, et cetera, FERPA has not been significantly updated since... Click Here To Read More