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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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How Academic Medicine Serves Rural Communities Across the Country

The AAMC has published a new resource that highlights how AAMC-member teaching hospitals and medical schools are serving patients in rural communities across the nation.

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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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On May 4, Department of Veterans Affairs’ Secretary Denis McDonough testified before a Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the FY 2023 budget request.

  • May 6, 2022
Press Release

On May 6, 2022, the AAMC reaffirmed its commitment to the physician-patient relationship and access to safe and effective reproductive health care.

  • May 6, 2022
Testimony & Correspondence

AAMC joined more than 20 health organizations opposing Alabama’s ban on widely-accepted medical treatment for adolescents suffering from gender dysphoria.

  • May 4, 2022
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The Friends of VA Medical Care and Health Research (FOVA) submitted a statement for the record to the House VA Committee hearing on the FY 2023 budget request.

  • April 29, 2022
Washington Highlights

The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, VA, and Related Agencies held a hearing on Apr. 27 regarding access to care for veterans.

  • April 29, 2022
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Washington Highlights

On April 27, HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra testified before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health on the department’s FY 2023 budget request.

  • April 29, 2022
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Washington Highlights

Rep. Robin Kelly (D-Ill.) reintroduced the Health Equity and Accountability Act (HEAA) on April 26 to address racial and ethnic health inequities and more.

  • April 29, 2022
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Washington Highlights

On April 25, the CMS announced the reweighting of the MIPS cost performance category for 2021 performance year from 20% to 0%.

  • April 29, 2022
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Washington Highlights

The AAMC submitted feedback on April 25 to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on defining key terms for public charge ground of inadmissibility.

  • April 29, 2022
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Testimony & Correspondence

The AAMC joined nearly 80 FOVA member organizations in funding recommendations for the VA research program for FY 2023.

  • April 29, 2022
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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

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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