Elected officials on both sides of the aisle have signaled their support for federal health care workforce programs as their colleagues on Capitol Hill gear up to begin work on appropriations bills for FY15.
In the House, 96 members signed on to a Dear Colleague Letter
urging the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies to include $280 million for health professions programs authorized under Title VII of the Public Health Service Act. In the Senate, 25 members signed a separate letter
requesting support for Title VII programs at the same level. This represents an increase of $35 million over the FY14 appropriation.
Both letters emphasized the need to demonstrate a strong commitment to these programs in the face of health provider shortages. Title VII programs that specifically benefit ADEA members include Oral Health Training, Faculty Loan Repayment and the Health Careers Opportunity Program.
ADEA submitted testimony for the record to the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies., requesting $32.4 million for Oral Health Training Programs, $18 million for Part F of the Ryan White Program, $425 million for NIDCR, and $19 million for the Division of Oral Health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.