The Senate Appropriations Committee recently approved bipartisan legislation that will increase funding for key issues regarding oral and overall health the American Dental Association (ADA) has been promoting.
The Senate Appropriations Committee voted 29-1 to pass the Labor, Health and Human Services and Education and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill. The legislation includes a $2 billion increase for research conducted by the National Institutes of Health and shows the commitment to oral health by legislators, including research, education and the prevention of opioid abuse.
The ADA’s key advocacy wins include the approval of $430.5 million in funding for the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research in 2017, an increase of almost $17 million from 2016, the approval of $35.9 million for the Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA) to be used for oral health training programs, with $10 million apiece being set aside for general dentistry registries and pediatric dental residencies, and the committee strongly encouraging the HRSA to reinstate the chief dental officer position.
Also included in the bill is additional funding for the programs within agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control that combat opioid abuse.