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Summary of Dental Program Funding in President’s Budget Proposal

February 09, 2015 Below are a few notable items from President Obama’s fiscal year 2016 budget, which he unveiled earlier this month. These provisions would fund discretionary health programs that affect dentistry.    
 
•    The president has requested $407,746,000 for the National Institute for Dental and Craniofacial Research, an increase of $8 million over the fiscal year 2015 enacted level.

•    The request for the Health Resources and Services Administration’s oral health training programs is $33,928,000, the same as the fiscal year 2015 enacted level. The ADA successfully lobbied for an increase in the set-aside for general dentistry residencies to $9 million, and an increase in the set-aside for pediatric dentistry residencies to $10 million.

•    The funding request for Centers for Disease Control and Prevention oral health programs is $15,749,000, the same as last year’s level.  This is an account that the ADA will lobby to increase, particularly because the Action for Dental Health legislation, if passed, will be funded from this account.

•    As expected, the president’s budget does not include ADA-backed language prohibiting funds for mid-level demonstration programs called for by the Affordable Care Act. Due to ADA lobbying, however, Congress has included that language in the past few appropriations bills that it has passed.

The president’s budget is the traditional starting point for the appropriations process in Congress, but Congress often sets that request aside in crafting its own legislation. As it does every year, the ADA will lobby to ensure that dental programs are properly funded during the appropriations process.