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House Committee on Appropriations - July 2018

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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.

The Departments 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 draft report, $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.

Within these 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.

The 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.

The 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. 

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