Statement by American Dental Association President Gary Roberts, D.D.S., on President Trump’s FY 2018 Budget Proposal
May 25, 2017
Washington, D.C. — “The Trump Administration’s fiscal year 2018 budget proposes drastic cuts that could have serious repercussions for oral health access and research.
“Completely eliminating Title VII general and pediatric dental residency programs within the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), as well as funds for the agency’s dental faculty loan repayment program, would negatively impact oral health access. HRSA residency programs strategically focus on improving care for underserved and at-risk groups in every state and U.S. territory. Residency training programs for pediatric and general dentistry provide primary oral health care services in some of the nation’s most remote and underserved locations.
“There are plenty of other cuts in the Trump Administration’s budget that concern the American Dental Association.
“The unprecedented 20-percent cut in the National Institutes of Health (NIH) budget, for example, would dramatically reduce the effectiveness of our nation’s premier health research facility.
“The Association is alarmed by a requested reduction of more than $100 million in the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research’s budget. While we are sympathetic to the notion of fiscal restraint, we oppose such a drastic slash in research funding.
“On behalf of the ADA and its 161,000 member dentists, I urge Congress to set aside the Trump Administration’s fiscal year 2018 budget proposal and craft a more prudent spending measure. There are areas of the federal budget that need trimming, but cuts like the ones proposed by the White House would be a devastating step backward after years of progress in improving the nation’s oral health.”
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