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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 AAMC has issued a statement on the U.S. District Court in the Southern District of Texas’ decision that DACA is unlawful.

  • July 16, 2021
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The AAMC issued a statement recommending its member medical schools and teaching hospitals require COVID-19 vaccines for their employees.

  • July 16, 2021
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Washington Highlights

Senate Budget Committee Democrats reached an agreement on a fiscal year (FY) 2022 $3.5 trillion budget resolution.

  • July 16, 2021
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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released the 2022 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule and Quality Payment Program proposed rule on July 13.

  • July 16, 2021
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Washington Highlights

The Biden administration issued an executive order on July 9 titled “Promoting Competition in the American Economy.”

  • July 16, 2021
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The House Committee on Appropriations approved its FY 2022 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies spending bill on July 15.

  • July 16, 2021
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The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health advanced legislation impacting health equity, maternal health, and social determinants of health.

  • July 16, 2021
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Three Democratic senators introduced a bill on July 12 to provide health care coverage to Americans with low incomes who live in non-Medicaid expansion states.

  • July 16, 2021
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The House Veterans Affairs Health Subcommittee held a legislative hearing to consider new legislation to improve the VA research program.

  • July 16, 2021
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The AAMC released a statement in response to the House Committee passage of Labor-HHS Appropriations Bill for fiscal year 2022

  • July 15, 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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AAMC Action – Let’s Raise Our Voices Together

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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