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House passes first of two spending bills, allots $484 million for NIDCR

June 20, 2019

By Jennifer Garvin

Washington — The House Appropriations approved a $983 billion, four-bill legislation package June 19 that would provide increased funding to many of the Association's key advocacy issues affecting oral and overall health.

The package, HR 2740, consists of four bills that fund federal departments including Labor, Health and Human Services-Education, Defense, State, and Energy from Oct. 1-Sept. 30, 2020. It includes $484 million for the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research — a $23 million increase from 2019.

The bill next moves to the Senate while the House begins consideration for a second spending package, which includes funding for the Indian Health Service.

 Key advocacy wins for the ADA include:

  • Health Resources and Services Administration. Appropriators approved $12 million each for general dentistry and pediatric dental residencies and $2 million for dental faculty loan repayment. Area Health Education Centers received $41.3 million — an increase of $2 million; $20 million for HRSA's Health Careers Opportunity Program — an increase of $6 million; $13.3 million for HRSA's Ryan White Part F Dental Programs; and $5.2 million for HRSA's Maternal and Child Health Special Projects of Regional and National Significance.
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The bill includes $8.3 billion for the CDC, which is $938 million more than 2019. Of that, $20 million is earmarked for the Division of Oral Health. 
  • Military dental research. The bill includes $10 million for military dental research.
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The bill funds SAMHSA at $5.9 billion – $129 million above 2019 and includes $3.8 billion for substance use treatment and opioid prevention and treatment, an increase of $24 million.