Key components of AGD’s 2015 advocacy agenda were addressed in the recent Fiscal Year 2016 budget agreement. Click here to view the full press release.
Among them, collection of the medical device tax was suspended during the period beginning on January 1, 2016, and ending on December 31, 2017. The AGD sent a letter to the House Committee on Ways and Means leadership in June 2015, asking for repeal of the medical device tax through legislation.
The agreement also provides an increase in funding for general residency programs under Title VII and a directive to the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to issue a new funding opportunity for the Dental Faculty Loan Repayment Program. The AGD sent letters to the House and Senate Committees of jurisdiction for the issue, advocating for funding of these programs.