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Biden Signs Government Funding Extension, Congress Fails to Avoid Medicare Cuts

President Biden signed a continuing resolution for FY 2022, funding the government until Feb. 18, 2022, but Congress failed to address pending Medicare cuts.

December 3, 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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Biden Announces COVID-19 Winter Plan at Visit to National Institutes of Health

President Joe Biden outlined new actions to address COVID-19 in the winter during a Dec. 2 visit to the National Institutes of Health.

AAMC Joins CNSF in Urging NSF Investments in USICA Conference Agreement

The AAMC joined other Coalition for National Science Funding members in urging Congress to authorize increased investments for the National Science Foundation.

AAMC Submits Comment Letter in Support of DACA Policy

The AAMC submitted a Nov. 29 response to a Department of Homeland Security-proposed rule on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

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CMS Issues RFI on Medicare Organ Transplant Program Requirements

CMS issued an RFI on Dec. 1 seeking feedback on changes to the Medicare organ transplantation requirements for transplant programs and other stakeholders.

House Passes Build Back Better Act with Historic Increase in GME Slots

The House of Representatives passed the Build Back Better Act, setting the stage for Senate consideration.

Congress in Stalemate on FY22, Ad Hoc Group Urges Swift Passage of Funding for NIH

House Democrats urged Republicans to negotiate on FY 2022 spending and the Ad Hoc Group sent a Nov. 15 letter urging swift passage of NIH funding.

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Other Washington Highlights Articles

Reps. DeGette and Upton Introduce Cures 2.0 Act, Including ARPA-H Authorization

Reps. Diana DeGette and Fred Upton introduced the Cures 2.0 Act, including language to authorize ARPA-H.

AAMC Participates in Briefing on Social Determinants of Health and Health Equity

The AAMC participated in a Nov. 15 congressional and coalition briefing on social determinants of health and health equity.

AAMC Responds to PCORI RFI about the Science of Engagement Funding Initiative

The AAMC submitted comments on Nov. 19 to PCORI regarding a potential new funding initiative to inform the science of engagement.

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