September 2018 Volume LIII Number 5

 
 
 
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Legislative and Regulatory Update

September 2018 Volume LIII Number 5

Unless otherwise noted, for further information on any of these issues please contact Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel C. Scott Litch at (312) 337-2169 or slitch@aapd.org.


AAPD Applauds Introduction of H.R. 6149


On June 19, 2018, Congresswoman Yvette Clarke (D-N.Y. 9th), Congressman Mike Simpson (R-Idaho  2nd) and Congressman Paul Gosar (R-Ariz. 4th) intro- duced H.R. 6149, legislation that would exclude from gross income certain federally subsidized dental faculty loan repayment awards under Title VII of the Public Health Service Act. The dental faculty loan repayment program was created due to the significant difficulties in recruiting qualified individuals to fill faculty posi- tions, especially acute in pediatric dentistry. A critical factor in recruiting and retaining dental school faculty from recent dental school or residency program gradu- ates is the staggering student loan debt and income disparity with private practice.

Thanks to strong support from Congress, new den- tal faculty loan repayment grant cycles were initiated by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) in FYs 2016, 2017 and 2018. Programs may support loan repayment contracts over five years to recruit and retain faculty. Full-time faculty members are eligible for repayment of 10, 15, 20, 25 and 30 percent of their student loan balance (principal and interest) for each year of service. By alleviating taxation of such payments to the individual,
H.R. 6149 will make the program even more effective in recruiting and retaining pediatric dental faculty.

The AAPD urges Congress to adopt this bill as part of any future tax legislation under consideration.

For further information, please contact AAPD Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel C. Scott Litch at slitch@aapd.org.

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