House Letter Supports Maintaining CDC Division of Oral Health

House Oral Health Caucus Co-Chairs, Mike Simpson (R-ID) and Elijah Cummins (D-MD), were joined by 44 Members from both parties in requesting legislative language to prevent the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) from downgrading its Division of Oral Health (DOH) to branch status -as has been proposed. The letter explains that efforts to reduce costs by eliminating duplicative programs should not involve DOH, given its role in advancing general health and a recent HHS-wide push to make oral health more of a priority.

If the letter to the House Appropriations Subcommittee that has jurisdiction over CDC is successful in its initial purpose, language would be added to the FY12 spending bill… directing CDC to maintain the DOH or to report on how the downgrade could happen at a time when HHS has indicated an intention to prioritize oral health. Depending on if and how the Appropriations bodies advance the request, the CDC could still move forward with its initial proposal.

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