New section Hero Home / Advocacy & Policy / Washington Highlights Washington Highlights New section Washington Highlights CMS Withdraws Proposed Medicaid Rule September 18, 2020 Advocacy Trending 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. New section 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. New section Subscribe to receive weekly Hill and regulatory updates to your inbox. First Name: Last Name: Email: Other Washington Highlights Articles More 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. Testimony and Correspondence Testimony and Correspondence Statements, Letters and Comments AAMC, FASHP Letter on Student Loan Forgiveness during COVID-19 AAMC Joins Letter Urging Senate Leadership to Support COBRA Funding Relief Higher Ed Letter Urging Research Relief in Next COVID-19 Package AAMC Letter to Fetal Tissue Research Ethics Advisory Board AAMC, Hospital Groups Oppose Payment Rate Setting for Surprise Medical Bills Group Letter Thanking HHS for Renewing COVID-19 Public Health Emergency New section Contact the AAMC Office of Government Affairs Staff Here Featured 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.