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Letter

Julia Brownley

From the office of:

Julia Brownley

Sending Office: Honorable Julia Brownley
Sent By:
Daniel.Hague@mail.house.gov

        Request for Signature(s)

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 

Dear Colleague, 

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
and Services

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
runs rampant.

If you have any questions, or would like to sign on to the letter, please contact Danny Hague (daniel.hague@mail.house.gov). Please see the full text of the letter below.

Sincerely,

/S/

Julia Brownley

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.

                                                                 Sincerely,

 

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