— “The American Dental Association is alarmed by some of the proposals in the Trump Administration’s fiscal year 2018 budget. The president’s proposed cuts could have severe negative impacts on oral health research and access.
“The unprecedented $5.8 billion in cuts aimed at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the nation’s premier center for health care research and funding, for example, would dramatically impact NIH’s core mission.
“The Association is also concerned by the White House proposal to push for NIH ‘reorganization.’ Though the budget included no details, the ADA urges Administration officials and Congress to retain the independence of individual institutes. As an independent agency within NIH, the National Institute for Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) has a long history of funding vital research that has led to improvements in oral health for all Americans.
“As for access, the ADA believes the proposed reduction in funds directed to the Department of Health and Human Services are too severe and could affect programs administered by Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) that 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.
“On behalf of the ADA and its 161,000 member dentists, I urge congressional appropriators to consider the Trump Administration’s budget proposal very carefully. Cutting health funding so dramatically would be a huge step backwards after years of progress in improving the nation’s oral health.”