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Advocacy and Government Relations — May 2013

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Capitol DomeConcerned about how sequestration affects ADEA members, ADEA partnered with the American Dental Association (ADA) and American Association for Dental Research (AADR) to pen a letter to Members of Congress.

In the letter, ADEA and its partners addressed the impact on oral health practitioners' training, an area affecting 2.9 million diverse patients, many of whom are uninsured, underinsured, and rely on public safety nets. If the sequester continues, the quality of care for such vulnerable populations is at risk. ADEA reminds members of Congress that such the benefits far exceed the cost of a relatively small investment in academic dental institutions. Read the letter.

ADEA also issued a letter to dental education leaders that elucidates across-the-board cuts from the Budget Control Act of 2011. The automatic federal budget cuts were triggered March 1, 2013, and cuts $1.5 trillion over a ten-year span. The legislation directly impacts federal government's origination fees on all student loans to reduce costs. Currently the Pell Grant Program's level of funding will be maintained for one year; however, Pell funding levels are at risk because sequestration is a multi-year process. Read the letter.

Since there was no agreement to avert sequestration by March 1, the cuts impact several student aid programs.

  • Direct Subsidized and Direct Unsubsidized Loans: Loan fees will increase from 1 percent to 1.05 percent.
  • Direct PLUS/Grad PLUS Loans: Funding for federal work study grants are set to be cut by $49 million. This reduction would most likely reduce the number of awards as opposed to the average award amount, which may result in 33,000 fewer FWS awards. (Begins 2013-2014.)
  • Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG): FSEOG grants help low-income students pay for undergraduate or vocational schools and are set to be cut by $37 million, which may result in 71,000 fewer FSEOG grants. (Begins 2013-2014.)
  • Iraq - Afghanistan Service Grant (IASG) Program: Any grant awarded during the time the sequester is in effect will face a reduced amount pursuant to the law.
  • Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA): Loans administered by HRSA are set to face reductions from sequestration. According to a report released by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB), approximately 300 scholarships will be cut from the Title VII Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students Program.
  • Title VII Primary Care Residency Expansion and Expansion of Physician Assistant Training Programs: Such programs will see reduced federal funding awarded, which will adversely impact primary care residents and physician assistants, including dental and allied dental students.

For a summary on recent federal legislative and regulatory news about oral health, dental education, and dental research, read our ADEA Washington Update.

Keep up with recent state legislative and regulatory news about oral health, dental education, and dental research in your state with the ADEA State Update.

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