President Obama’s FY17 Budget Request

Yesterday, President Obama presented his fiscal year (FY)17 budget request to Congress. The President’s budget adheres to the budget caps established by the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, while at the same time utilizing mandatory funding as novel approach to plus up or level fund some programs without going above the budget caps. AADR issued a statement indicating our disappointment in the budget request which proposes to cut discretionary funding at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) by $1 billion and back fill those cuts utilizing an unauthorized mandatory funding stream.

Below is a summary of AADR priorities included in the President’s FY17 Budget. Please note the overall funding levels for NIH, the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research and the National Science Foundation include the mandatory funding as part of the baseline budget:

  • National Institutes of Health NIH, $33.1 billion an $825 million or 2.6% increase above FY16 levels (without new mandatory funding $31.2 billion, a $1 billion or 3.1%  decrease from FY16)
  • National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), $413.4 million which is level with FY16. (without new mandatory funding $404.5 million, an $8.8 million or 2.1% decrease from FY16)
  • National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD), $280.6 million which is level with FY16. (without new mandatory funding $279.6 million, a $1 million or 0.3% decrease from FY16)
  • National Science Foundation, $7.96 billion, a $500 million or 6.7% increase over FY16. (without new mandatory funding $7.5 billion, a $100 million or 1.3% increase from FY16)
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Division of Oral Health, $18 million which is level with FY16.
  • Health Resources and Services Administration Title VII oral health training programs $35.8 million which is level with FY16.
  • Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, $469.7 million an increase of $14.2 million or 3.1% increase from FY16.
  • National Center for Health Statistics, $160.4 million which is level with FY16.

Additionally, with mandatory funding the President proposes targeted increases including $680 million for the National Cancer Moonshot initiative, $100 million for the precision medicine cohort and $45 million for the BRAIN initiative.

The President’s budget is a document that outlines the administration’s funding priorities for the upcoming fiscal year and Congress has the authority to approve, reject or modify the recommendations included in the budget.

What’s Next? AADR will continue to advocate the Congress provide predictable, sustained and increased funding for NIH, NIDCR and other important oral health programs in the upcoming year and during our February 23, 2016 Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill.

For More Information About the Budget:

Click here to view the NIH Director’s presentation about the NIH FY17 Budget Request

Questions? Contact the AADR director of government affairs Carolyn Mullen cmullen@aadr.org

 

NIH Institutes Issue Notice Expressing Interest to Prioritize Zika Virus Research Areas

Today, NICHD, NINDS, NIDCR and NIAID issued a notice to highlight interest in research on Zika virus as it relates to the mother-infant dyad and sequelae of infection. Areas of priority that may be of interest to dental, oral and craniofacial researchers include the following:

  • Research to develop lab-based or point-of-care diagnosis for ZIKV using saliva as a biofluid
  • Studies to characterize the outcome of viral infection on craniofacial skeletal and dental phenotype with or without microcephaly

For additional information click here to read the entire announcement along with links to possible funding opportunities that can be used to pursue research activities.

AADR Student Advocate of the Year Winners Announced

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Steven Feldman

AADR is pleased to announce that Steven Feldman, a student at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry and Matthew Moore, a student from East Carolina University School of Dental Medicine are the recipients of the 2016 Student Advocate of the Year Award. In a letter of congratulations, Dr. David Johnsen, Chair of the AADR Government Affairs Committee indicated his appreciation for their tenacity in the continued challenging budget climate and their ability to urge Congress to increase federal funding for dental, oral and craniofacial research.

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Matthew Moore

Both students actively engaged in advocacy efforts throughout the year and articulated a strong commitment to enhancing student participation in advocacy efforts via meetings with members of Congress, collaborating with other associations and continue serving as advocates urging policymakers to make investments leading to the improvement of the oral health for all Americans.

As recipients of this award, Steven and Matthew will receive travel and accommodations to attend the February 23, 2016 Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill.

To learn more about the Student Advocate of the Year Award and other opportunities to become more involved with advocacy please contact the AADR Director of Government Affairs Carolyn Mullen at cmullen@aadr.org.

Dietary Guidelines Released

Yesterday, the Department of Health and Human Services released the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines which are utilized to encourage Americans to eat a healthier diet. Importantly, the guidelines encourage Americans to consume less than 10% of calories per day from added sugars. The report states:

“Although the evidence for added sugars and health outcomes is still developing, the recommendation to limit calories from added sugars is consistent with research examining eating patterns and health. Strong evidence from mostly prospective cohort studies but also randomized controlled trials has shown that eating patterns that include lower intake of sources of added sugars are associated with reduced risk of CVD in adults, and moderate evidence indicates that these eating patterns are associated with reduced risk of obesity, type 2 diabetes, and some types of cancer in adults. As described earlier, eating patterns consist of multiple, interacting food components, and the relationships to health exist for the overall eating pattern, not necessarily to an isolated aspect of the diet. Moderate evidence indicates a relationship between added sugars and dental caries in children and adults.”
The American Association for Dental Research submitted comments to the Advisory Committee last spring supportive of reducing the intake of free sugars and drawing attention to the relationship between sugar intake and dental caries. AADR is pleased this focus has remained in the final Dietary Guidelines.

AADR Submits Comments on the Common Rule

Earlier this week, AADR submitted comments Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM), “Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects,” better known as the Common Rule. The NPRM proposes to extend the definition of human subject research to include: obtaining, use, study or analysis of biospecimens regardless of identifiability. The NPRM also specifies that broad consent should be obtained for future unspecified research as opposed to obtaining consent for each specific study. AADR strongly encouraged the Department of Health and Human Services to include a definition for biospecimens and under what circumstances certain types of secondary use research would be exempt. We expressed our concern about the impact this rule would have on research involving samples collected for clinical purposes, either surgical waste or for diagnostic purposes and strongly encouraged the exemption of extracted teeth and mineralized tissues of the teeth from the definition of biospecimen and human subject research. AADR also weighed in on other topic areas including the costs, ten year time limit for biospecimens and how to obtain broad consent.

For additional information click here to read the NPRM and click here to read the comments submitted by AADR.

AADR Submits Comments on NTP Review of Fluoride and Developmental Toxicity

Last month, AADR submitted comments on the National Toxicology Program Board of Scientific Counselors proposed systematic review of fluoride and developmental toxicity. AADR encouraged NTP to focus on the therapeutic range of water fluoridation up to limits set by the Environmental Protection Agency. We also stated that, “Authoritative reviews confirm the safety and efficacy of water fluoridation to improve population oral health and clearly demonstrate that the best available science-based evidence does not establish a causal relationship between lowered intelligence (IQ) in children, behavioral disorders, or central nervous system disorders and consumption of water fluoridated at recommended levels and use of fluoride dental products.” AADR also indicated that we do not believe quality systematic reviews on the neurotoxicity of fluoride at therapeutic levels exists. Thus, we encouraged the National Toxicology Program to affirm the safety and effectiveness of fluoride and acknowledge the longstanding and significant role fluoride has played in improving the oral health of Americans for seven decades.

Congress Approves Funding Bill

Today, Congress approved the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2015, known as the “FY16 Omnibus Bill,” by vote of 316-113 in the US House of Representatives and a vote of 65-33 in the US Senate. The President is expected to sign this bill into law. This legislation provides funding for the remainder of fiscal year 2016. Specifically, $32.084 billion, a $2 billion increase for the National Institutes of Health and $415.5 million, a $15.7 million increase for the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. This is the most significant increase for NIH in over a decade. This legislation also provides the following funding levels:

  • $18 million, a $2.3 million increase for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Division of Oral Health
  • $35.8 million, a $1.9 million increase for the Health Resources and Services Administration Title VII oral health training program
  • $334 million, a $30 million decrease for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
  • $160.4 million, a $5 million increase for the National Center for Health Statistics
  • $7.46 billion, a $119 million increase for the National Science Foundation

We greatly appreciate all of the efforts by AADR members secure this increased funding for fiscal year 2016!

Significant Increases for NIH and NIDCR in FY16 Omnibus Spending Bill – Your ACTION Still Needed!

Very early this morning Congress released the final fiscal year (FY) 2016 appropriation bill, better known as the FY16 Omnibus Bill. This legislation provides $32.084 billion, a $2 billion increase, for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and $415.5 million, a $15.7 million increase, for the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR). This is the most significant increase NIH and NIDCR have received in nearly a decade!

Bottom line, your advocacy worked and Congress listened! This past year AADR conducted over 160 meetings with members of Congress, sent nearly 500 emails to policymakers and joined with the broader scientific and dental communities to secure this increased funding.

Thank you for all of your efforts, but we still need your help. Congress is slated to approve another short term continuing resolution through December 22 to keep the government running and give them time to vote on this bill. Please click here to send an email to Congress urging your policymaker to vote YES on the FY16 Omnibus Appropriation bill.

As a reminder, when Congress returns from the holiday break they will begin working on the fiscal year 2017 appropriations bills. Please join us in our advocacy for NIDCR and click here to register for our February 23, 2016 advocacy day on Capitol Hill.

Thank you again for being part of AADR’s advocacy program!

PS For additional information be sure to view AADR’s government affairs blog for additional updates and analysis about the bill. Also, click here and view Division H to review the text of the legislation.

Short Term Funding Bill Introduced

Yesterday, the House Appropriations Committee released a short term continuing resolution to fund the federal government through December 16, 2015 to allow more time for the House and Senate appropriators to finalize work on a massive spending bill to keep the government operating for the remainder of the fiscal year. It is expected this short term funding resolution will be approved by both the House and Senate averting a shutdown of the federal government, for now.

AADR will closely monitor these developments and provide updates as this process unfolds.

Complimentary Advocacy Day Registration is Open: Let’s Ask Congress to Support Research & Oral Health

Tuesday, February 23, 2016
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Join AADR on Tuesday, February 23, 2016 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. for our annual Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill. Our advocacy day is being held earlier this year to maximize our impact with Congress and to better influence the annual funding process. In a time of limited resources it is vitally important that Congress hears from AADR members about the value of the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), your research and other oral health programs. The AADR Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill will include a morning key issues briefing and training session; and an afternoon of individual and/or small group meetings with participants’ members of Congress and their staff.

Registration is easy. Simply click here to register for this event. There is no registration fee to attend.

Please note: Registering for the AADR Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill should be viewed as a professional commitment. Canceling at the last minute will harm AADR’s relationship with members of Congress and their staff. Registration closes February 1, 2016.

The schedule for Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill is designed to allow participants to fly or drive into and out of Washington, D.C., on the same day if feasible and desired. Ronald Reagan National Airport (DCA) is the closest airport (5 miles) to Capitol Hill. However, for participants attending from distant locations, an overnight stay may be required. This time of year is extremely busy for tourism in Washington, D.C., and hotel rooms book quickly. If you need a hotel room, please do not wait until the last minute and feel free to reach out to AADR staff for hotel recommendations.

Preliminary Schedule of events Tuesday, February 23, 2016

8:30 a.m. Breakfast Available
9 a.m. – 11 a.m. Morning Briefing and Advocacy Training Session
Senate Russell Office Building Room 385
11 a.m. Lunch Available
12 p.m. – 5 p.m. Meetings with Members of Congress and their staff at various locations
on Capitol Hill

Visit www.aadr.org/advocacyday for more information as it becomes available. Questions may be directed to AADR Director of Government Affairs Carolyn Mullen at cmullen@aadr.org or 1.703.299.8098.