November 2018 Volume LIII Number 6

 
 
 
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Legislative and Regulatory Update

November 2018 Volume LIII Number 6

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Federal News

U.S. Surgeon General to Develop Updated Report on Oral Health
On July 27, 2018, there was a Federal Register notice that included the following summary:

"On behalf of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, the Office of the Surgeon General, the National Institutes of Health, and the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, the U.S. Public Health Ser- vice’s Oral Health Coordinating Committee announces the commission of a Surgeon General’s Report present- ing prominent issues affecting oral health. The report will document progress in oral health in the twenty years since the 2000 Surgeon General’s Report on Oral Health, identify existing knowledge gaps, and articulate a vision for the future."

The full notice is available at the following link: https://www. federalregister.gov/documents/2018/07/27/2018-16096/notice-to-announce- commission-of-a-surgeon-generals-report-on-oral-health.

An initial working meeting will be convened in the Washington, D.C., area on Nov. 26–27, 2018, by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Division of Oral Health, in collaboration with the Office of the Surgeon General and the Oral Health Coordinating Committee. Pediatric dentistry will be well represnted with attendees including: Drs. Paul Casamassimo (AAPD Chief Policy Officer), James J. Crall (AAPD representative to the ADA’s Dental Quality Alliance), Vineet Dhar (U. of Maryland School of Dentistry Depart- ment of Pediatric Dentistry), Jessica Y. Lee (AAPD Vice President), Norman Tinanoff (U. of Maryland School of Dentistry Department of Pediatric Dentistry) and Robin Wright (Director, AAPD Pediatric Oral Health Research and Policy Center).
 
Final FY 2019 Funding Bill Contains $12 million for Pediatric Dentistry Training and Preference for Dental Faculty Loan Repayment
On Sept. 28, 2018, the President signed an $854 billion appro- priations bill (as Pub.L.115-245) that keeps the government running through Dec. 7, and provides FY 2019 funding for Department of Defense and Labor-Health and Human Services-Education pro- grams. The conference bill — HR 6157 — was passed by the Senate 93-7 on Sept. 18, and by the House of Representatives 361-61 on Sept. 26. Thanks to the great efforts of Congressional Liaison Heber Simmons Jr., AAPD’s D.C., lobbying firm Hogan Lovells, and the nearly 300 AAPD members who participated in the Public Policy Ad- vocacy Conference earlier this year, the AAPD was successful in ob- taining our recommended funding level of $12 million for Title VII Pediatric Dentistry training. In addition, report language provided a preference for pediatric dental faculty in the dental faculty loan repayment program (DFLRP). AAPD advocacy for DFRLP has already benefitted a number of pediatric dentistry faculty members around the country.

The specific report language is as follows:
"Oral Health Training.-The conferees include not less than $12,000,000 for General Dentistry Programs and not less than $12,000,000 for Pediatric Dentistry Programs. The conferees direct HRSA to provide continuation funding for predoctoral and post- doctoral training grants initially awarded in fiscal year 2015, and for section 748 Dental Faculty Loan Program grants initially awarded in fiscal years 2016, 2017, and 2018. The conferees continue to support awards with a preference for pediatric dentistry faculty supervising dental students or residents and providing clinical services in dental clinics located in dental schools, hospitals, and community-based af- filiated sites."
 

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