ADEA Washington Update

House Committee on Energy and Commerce - July 2018

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Activity pertinent to academic dentistry within the House Committee on Energy and Commerce centers on the opioid crisis and the health care workforce. On June 27, the Subcommittee on Health marked up five bills and several amendments, including H.R. 3728, Educating Medical Professionals and Optimizing Workforce Efficiency Readiness Act (EMPOWER) Act, as amended. The subcommittee version of the EMPOWER Act amends Title VII of the Public Health Service Act (PHSA) to reauthorize the health professions workforce programs that support loan repayment and provider training experiences in primary care, dentistry, rural or underserved areas and community-based settings.

There was bipartisan support to level-fund the health professions training for diversity programs, training in general pediatric and public health dentistry grants among others. The full committee is expected to take up the legislation this year.

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