ADEA went on record regarding several areas of appropriations in early July by sending a letter to the chairman of the Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies in the U.S. Senate.
ADEA requests that Title VII Health Professions Programs of the Public Health Service Act funding levels continue at $32,392,000: the same as the last two years. The request includes a proposal for $8 million each for Pediatric and General Dentistry.
Title VII Health Professions Programs of the Public Health Service Act provides the only funds for dental residencies. In the past 25 years, it has funded 560 residencies in General Dentistry and, in the last decade, it has funded 200 new residencies in Pediatric Dentistry.
For the annual appropriation for the Ryan White Dental Reimbursement Program, Part F, ADEA asks for $15,000,000 in appropriations. This program has been flat-funded at $13.5 million in recent years, while the cost of providing this care continues to rise.
Under Part F of the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment and Modernization Act, the Dental Reimbursement Program (DRP) and the Community-Based Dental Partnerships Program, which is a federal-institutional partnership, provides partial reimbursement to academic dental institutions for costs incurred in providing dental care to people living with HIV/AIDS.
Dental researchers at the National Institute for Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) have built a base of scientific and clinical knowledge in academic dental institutions that has enhanced the quality of the nation’s oral and overall health. Given the payback of improvement in oral health and the potential to enhance the quality of life for all citizens, ADEA asks for $450 million in FY 2014. Adequate funding for research is critical in order to reduce the burden of oral diseases, which will in turn lead to better oral health for millions of Americans by continuing to uncover important associations between oral and systemic health.