The House voted
359–49 in favor of the Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2019 (H.R.
6157), which calls for $674.6 billion for defense and intelligence
programs in FY19. The total is $20 billion above FY18. The legislation includes
a 2.6% pay raise for servicemembers and $34.4 billion for the Defense Health
Program, which includes the Military Health System (MHS)
and dental services.
of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education (Labor-HHS) Subcommittee
reported its version of the FY19 Labor-HHS bill
to the full committee on June 26; the full appropriations committee will take
it up after July 4.
In the Subcommittee’s
$38,673,000 was included for the Oral Health Training Programs, which level-funds
the programs against the FY18 appropriated level. These programs support grants
to dental schools for predoctoral education and postdoctoral training to
increase the number of dental graduates from minority and disadvantaged
backgrounds and to encourage students and residents to practice in underserved
urban and rural areas.
funds, the Committee report includes $12 million for general dentistry residencies
and $12 million for pediatric dentistry residencies. It also directs the Health
Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to provide continuation funding
for predoctoral and postdoctoral training grants initially awarded in FY15.
Committee report recommends providing the Dental Faculty Loan Repayment Program
$2 million, the same as FY18 enacted levels and $2 million above the FY19
budget request of the President. This program seeks to increase the number of
dental and dental hygiene faculty in the workforce from financially
disadvantaged backgrounds and rural areas.
Committee recommendation also would direct HRSA to provide continuation funding
for grants initially awarded in FY16, FY17 and FY18. Additionally, it recommends
$1 million in Special Projects of Regional and National Significance (SPRANS)
for Oral Health Literacy to develop and implement an oral health awareness and
education campaign across all relevant HRSA divisions.