House releases 2018 budget plan
On July 18, House Republicans released their 2018 proposed budget. The plan includes $200 billion in spending cuts to mandatory programs. On July 19, the House Committee on Appropriations met to finalize the 2018 appropriations bill. In the
April issue of the Advocacy Brief
, we shared President Trump's budget proposal. See below how the House Committee approached allocating funds for agencies that address oral health care:
- National Institutes of Health (NIH): Increases funding by $1.1 billion. NIH seeks to make improvements to health, lengthen life and reduce illness and disability through research and innovation.
- Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA): Cuts funding by $397.6 million. HHS administers grants to support oral health workforce activities. It also provides scholarships and loans for disadvantaged students to promote diversity among health professions.
- National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR): Increases funding by $6.6 million. NIDCR is under NIH and seeks to improve oral, dental and craniofacial health through research, training and the dissemination of health information.
Why is this important?
ASDA, along with other organizations in the dental community, sent a letter to members of Congress urging them to allocate $452 million for NIDCR in 2018. While the Committee only recommended a budget of $432.36 million, it still represents an increase in funding over 2017. This is an important victory for dental research and shows the importance for advocating for the advancement of the profession.