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Administration Officials Testify on COVID-19 Response Before Senate Appropriators

Health officials testified before a Senate Appropriations subcommittee to review the administration’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

President Trump Signs Executive Order on Prescription Drug Pricing

President Trump signs order to lower prices Medicare pays for prescription drugs to match foreign pricing.

Senate Committee Advances Research Relief Legislation

The Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee approved the Research Investment to Support the Economy (RISE) Act in an executive session.

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Members of the House, Senate Send Bipartisan Letters Urging Azar to Protect 340B Program

House and Senate members each joined bipartisan letters urging HHS Secretary Azar to protect the 340B program.

Senate COVID-19 Package Fails

The Senate failed to advance COVID-19 relief legislation after a failed procedural vote.

AAMC Submits Comments on Equitable Allocation of a COVID-19 Vaccine

The AAMC submitted comments in response to a discussion draft on the equitable distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine.

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AAMC Submits Comments on FDA’s Office of Women’s Health Strategic Priorities

The AAMC recognized the efforts of the Office of Women’s Health and agreed the FDA could play a role in protecting women’s health.

AAMC, Public Health Groups Urge Reversal of CDC Testing Guideline Changes

The AAMC and 225 organizations expressed concerns with recent changes to the CDC’s COVID-19 testing guidelines.

AAMC, Health Groups Reject Fetal Tissue Research Advisory Board Recommendations

The AAMC and 70 other groups urged HHS Secretary Alex Azar to reject Fetal Tissue Research Advisory Board recommendations.

Student Loan Payment Executive Order Implemented

The Department of Education’s implementation includes new details regarding student loan payments, interest accrual, and the PSLF program during the pandemic.

AAMC Joins Letter Supporting Military Medical Workforce, USUHS in FY 2021 NDAA

The AAMC joined a letter urging congressional leaders to include provisions to preserve the military medical workforce in the FY 2021 NDAA.


On the Agenda In Washington

Scheduled hearings and meetings related to academic medicine

Podcast: Diagnosing Our National Disease

David J. Skorton, MD, AAMC president and CEO, talks with Lonnie G. Bunch III, secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, about racism in academic medicine.