Health Professions Funding Update: Title VII Pediatric Dentistry Funding Secured in FY 2012 Appropriations

Congressional efforts at developing the final FY 2012 Labor-HHS appropriations bill were completed in late December 2011 after much political wrangling. The entire conference report is H. Rpt. 112-331 and the final law is P.L. 112-74. Multiple agencies are funded in this "omnibus" package, including the Dept. of Health and Human Services. Overall, level funding was obtained in the FY 2012 conference bill for HRSA title VII primary care dental programs, with $7,563,000 each directed toward pediatric and general dentistry. This is just under the AAPD’s advocacy goal of $8 million for pediatric dentistry and represents an important victory considering the significant reductions made in other areas of the federal budget.  Thanks to all who participated in the 2011 AAPD Congressional Lobby Days for helping to make a difference!  For further information contact Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel C. Scott Litch at 312-337-2169 or

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