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.