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Advocacy & Policy

The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) works with policymakers and other leaders to advance policy priorities that strengthen the nation’s health and well-being.

Through policies that affect health care delivery, research, education, health equity, and more, the federal government is a key partner in sustaining the vitality of the nation’s academic medicine ecosystem, which is essential to improving the health of all. Learn more about the AAMC’s priorities for the 118th Congress.

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AAMC Policy and Priorities



AAMC-member institutions endeavor to prepare a diverse medical research workforce and champion an environment where medical discovery can flourish. This strong commitment is key to innovation that benefits patients.

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Clinical Care

AAMC-member teaching hospitals and faculty physicians cultivate and provide high-quality health care, especially for complex and vulnerable patients -- many of whom are unable to receive care elsewhere.

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Investing in Healthier Communities

Academic medical centers serve at the crossroads of community health, health equity, and population health and are actively working to prevent and address persistent public health challenges.

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AAMC-member medical schools and teaching hospitals play a crucial role in preparing future physicians who help create a healthier future for all with innovative graduate medical education.

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Washington Highlights

Washington Highlights is a weekly newsletter that provides updates on the latest legislative and regulatory activities affecting academic medicine.

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The House Energy and Commerce Committee advanced legislation impacting maternal health and Medicaid in the U.S. territories.

  • July 23, 2021
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The AAMC hosted two virtual congressional briefings focused on the future of telehealth and data collection for health equity.

  • July 23, 2021
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The CMS proposes to increase penalties for noncompliance with hospital price transparency rules in its calendar year (CY) 2022 proposed rule.

  • July 23, 2021
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The AAMC joined a letter in support of the Value in Health Care Act of 2021, which would reform Medicare value-based models and accountable care organizations.

  • July 23, 2021
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The AAMC provided feedback on a discussion draft of the Cures 2.0 Act and an ARPA-H request for information.

  • July 23, 2021
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HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra, JD, renewed the COVID-19 public health emergency declaration on July 19 for an additional 90 days.

  • July 23, 2021
Testimony & Correspondence

The AAMC joined 108 health care groups in a letter to congressional leaders urging them to avoid cuts in the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule.

  • July 23, 2021
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Testimony & Correspondence

AAMC Endorsement of Child Suicide Prevention and Lethal Means Safety Act

  • July 23, 2021
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Testimony & Correspondence

The AAMC joined 13 other health care groups in a letter of support for the Value Act.

  • July 20, 2021
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Testimony & Correspondence

The AAMC submitted a comment letter to Reps. Diana DeGette and Fred Upton in response to their request for information on the president’s ARPA-H proposal, as a

  • July 19, 2021
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Advocacy Caucus and Coalitions

The CAMC is a bipartisan group of Members of Congress that seeks to promote and recognize the important role that medical schools, teaching hospitals and faculty physicians play to improve the health of people everywhere.

The Ad Hoc Group for Medical Research supports enhancing the federal investment in the biomedical, behavioral, and population-based research conducted and supported by the NIH.

The GME Advocacy Coalition (GMEAC) is a group of organizations dedicated to the expansion and preservation of Medicare-supported graduate medical education.

The HPNEC advocates for continued support for the health professions and nursing workforce development programs critical to providing continued services to underserved and minority communities.

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We are a community of students, residents, researchers, faculty members, physicians, and others who advocate on behalf of academic medicine to improve the health of people everywhere.

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