Sending Office: Honorable Julia Brownley
FY2020 Letter to Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Subcommittee Supporting Pediatric Dental Health
115th Co-signers: Beatty, Butterfield, Capuano, Carbajal, Cardenas, Clarke, Cohen, Coleman, Davis, DeSaulnier, Doyle, Engel, Espaillat, Esty, Gomez, Grijalva, Hanabusa, Harper, Heck, Himes, Kelly, Larson, Levin, Lipinski, Moore,
Norton, Payne, Peterson, Pingree, Raskin, Ruppersberger, Schneider, Scott, Sewell, Shea-Porter, Speier, Walz
I invite you join me in sending the attached letter to the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies, requesting continued support for programs that address the unmet oral health needs of America’s
children in Fiscal Year 2020 appropriations.
Dental decay is easily preventable, and yet has become one of the most common chronic conditions among children. Lack of access to affordable pediatric dental care plays a large role in this crisis. By providing modest investments in the Health Resources
Administration (HSRA) pediatric dentistry training programs, we can help ensure that highly-trained pediatric dentists are able to treat patients suffering from dental decay, especially those in underserved communities where early childhood dental disease
If you have any questions, or would like to sign on to the letter, please contact Danny Hague (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please see the full text of the letter below.
Member of Congress
March X, 2019
The Honorable Rosa DeLauro The Honorable Tom Cole
Chairwoman Ranking Member
House Appropriations Subcommittee House Appropriations Subcommittee
on Labor, Health and Human Services, on Labor, Health and Human Services,
Education, and Related Agencies Education, and Related Agencies
U.S. House of Representatives U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, D.C 20515 Washington, D.C. 20515
Dear Chairwoman DeLauro and Ranking Member Cole:
As you work to develop the Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education appropriations bill, we ask for your continued support for programs crucial to addressing the unmet oral health needs of America’s children. Specifically, we
urge continued funding for Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Title VII pediatric dentistry training at no less than $12 million, including support for dental faculty loan repayment grants, and robust funding for Section 748 primary care dental
programs as a whole.
Pediatric dentists are crucial to meeting the unmet oral health needs of children, many of whom come from underserved populations. Dental decay is easily preventable, and yet remains a persistent chronic disease among many American children. Left untreated,
decay can cause pain and infection that undermines eating, speaking, and learning during critical stages of childhood development. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that tooth decay affects 1 in 5 children under age five, nearly
half of children ages 6-11, and more than half of adolescents ages 12-19 Untreated decay is more than twice as likely for children in low-income families, compared to those in higher-income households.
HRSA Title VII programs are an important tool in meeting the unmet oral health needs of many of these families. – Continued funding for pediatric dentistry training programs helps more dental students enter the field prepared to address these needs by treating
children covered by Medicaid and CHIP and practicing in under-served areas. Additionally, dental faculty repayment programs incentivize professionals to help train future practitioners to meet such needs.,.
We thank the Subcommittee for its support of these programs in past years, and urge continued funding in order to further stem the tide of preventable childhood dental disease.
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