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ADEA Advocacy and Government Relations Portfolio — June 2015

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ADEA is seeing very promising results of our advocacy efforts in early drafts of the appropriations bill from the House of Representatives. Earlier this year, ADEA submitted written testimony to both the House of Representatives and the Senate Appropriations Subcommittees on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies, which is charged with appropriating monies to a variety of health-related federal programs. ADEA requested that lawmakers prioritize funding in areas important to academic dentistry and offered details of the Association’s rationale for these priorities.  

ADEA requested $35 million to support training programs critical to ensuring an adequate dental workforce (Title VII, Section 748, of the Public Health Service Act). Title VII also plays a critical role in diversifying the health professions programs and health care workforce. The House Committee included the amount requested and included language we requested that directs $10 million to General Dentistry residencies and another $10 million to Pediatric Dentistry residencies, and extended the Area Health Education Centers program, even though the Administration proposed ending the program. The House Committee again agreed with ADEA and continued the Health Careers Opportunity Program as currently operated and at the same funding level as this year, $14 million, where the Administration had proposed to reduce the funding and refocus the program. 

ADEA asked for $20 million to fund the CDC’s Division of Oral Health, which promotes effective prevention programs. The testimony argued that the current path of decreased funding will have a significant negative effect upon the overall health and preparedness of the nation’s states and communities. The House Committee has provided the full amount requested, a nearly $5 million increase over the current fiscal year. 

ADEA requested $425 million for the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. The testimony points out that dental research “serves as the foundation of the profession of dentistry.” The House Committee recommended $404 million, which is below our request but $5 million above the FY 2015 level. 

For a summary of recent federal legislative and regulatory news about oral health, dental education and dental research, read our ADEA Washington Update.

Keep up with recent state legislative and regulatory news about oral health, dental education and dental research in your state with the ADEA State Update.

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