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NIH Director to Step Down by Year’s End

NIH Director Francis Collins, MD, PhD, announced on Oct. 5 that he will step down from his role by the end of 2021.

October 8, 2021

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Washington Highlights is a weekly newsletter that provides updates on the latest legislative and regulatory activities affecting medical schools, teaching hospitals, and their patients and communities.

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AAMC Joins Letter Supporting Preservation of Medical Workforce in FY 2022 Defense Bill

The AAMC joined a letter to the House and Senate Armed Services Committees in support of a provision to protect military medical billets in the FY 2022 NDAA.

HHS Finalizes Rule Reversal for Title X Family Planning Services

The HHS revised its 2019 rule by readopting regulations from 2000 with modification to ensure access to equitable, affordable services under Title X.

Department of Education Announces Improvements to the PSLF Program

On Oct. 6, the Dept. of Education announced executive actions to improve PSLF with the intention of easing the approval and application process for borrowers.

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House Committee Holds Hearing on Balancing Open Science and Research Security

The House Science, Space, and Technology Committee held an Oct. 5 hearing, “Balancing Open Science and Security in the U.S. Research Enterprise.”

President Biden Signs CR Avoiding Government Shutdown Through Dec. 3

The president signed a continuing resolution on Sept. 30 to fund the government through Dec. 3.

Democratic Leaders Seek Path Forward on Infrastructure and Reconciliation Packages

The House worked on two legislative packages that include the president’s proposals to invest in the nation’s infrastructure during the week of Sept. 25.

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Other Washington Highlights Articles

Surprise Billing Interim Final Rule Part II Regulations Issued

On Sept. 30, several federal agencies released an interim final rule that implements portions of the No Surprises Act.

AAMC Submits Comments to the Dept. of Education Regarding Loan Forgiveness

On Sept. 23, the AAMC submitted comments to the Department of Education on the importance of the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program and how to improve it.

AAMC Joins Letter Supporting the 340B Program

The AAMC joined group letters on Sept. 24 with five other hospital associations to House and Senate leadership, House Energy and Commerce and Ways and Means Com

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