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ADEA Joins Fight to Secure Funding for Academic Dentistry

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On June 7, ADEA joined the American Council on Education (ACE) and other higher education organizations in writing congressional leaders regarding the need for adequate funding for dental education as they begin work on fiscal year 2018 (FY18) funding.

The Trump Administration’s budget proposes to eliminate billions in research funding, including $7.2 billion at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The cuts to NIH, along with other large-scale cuts at many other research agencies would slow scientific and academic research. ADEA  collaborated with the American Dental Association (ADA), the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), and the American Association for Dental Research (AADR), to request members of the Committee on Appropriations pushed back on the Trump Administration’s proposed FY18 cuts to oral health access and research programs.

The FY18 budget proposes severe cuts, and would eliminate Title VII general and pediatric dental residency programs within the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), as well as funds for the agency’s dental faculty loan repayment program. The FY18 discretionary spending is limited due to sequestration-level cuts. Sequestration refers to a package of automatic spending cuts that is part of the Budget Control Act (BCA) passed in 2011. Sequestration cuts which are projected to total $1.2 trillion, began in 2013 and end in 2021. The cuts are also evenly split between defense spending, with spending on wars exempt, and discretionary domestic spending, which exempts most spending on entitlements like Social Security and Medicaid. 

Without a statutory correction, such as was provided for fiscal years 2016 and 2017, the non-defense discretionary funding will be reduced by $3 billion below the FY17.

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