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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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U.S. House Members Introduce Resolution Designating June 10-14 as Academic Medicine Week

Reps. Castor and Fitzpatrick introduce congressional resolution designating June 10-14 as Academic Medicine Week.

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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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Washington Highlights

The HHS and other federal departments on March 28 issued a final rule narrowing the definition of short-term, limited-duration insurance.

  • March 29, 2024
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The HHS published contact information for health plans and information on flexibilities insurers are offering related to the Change Healthcare cyberattack.

  • March 29, 2024
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Press Release

The AAMC and other health care and medical associations made a statement in support of DEI policies in health care, to help improve our nation’s health.

  • March 26, 2024
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Testimony & Correspondence

AAMC joins over 170 organizations in the CDC Coalition in support of at least $11.581 billion for the CDC in FY 25.

  • March 26, 2024
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The AAMC is pleased Congress passed its fiscal year 2024 spending package preserving funding for critical health care programs integral to academic medicine.

  • March 25, 2024
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Washington Highlights

The Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC) released their March 2024 report to Congress on Medicaid and CHIP. 

  • March 22, 2024
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In March 15, the CMS announced Medicaid interim payments, beneficiary cost-sharing flexibility, and flexibility on the state plan amendment process.

  • March 22, 2024
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HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra testified March 20 at House Committee on Appropriations and Ways and Means Committee Hearings about the FY 2025 HHS budget request.

  • March 22, 2024
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Washington Highlights

The House Energy and Commerce Committee on March 20 passed the AAMC-supported Dr. Lorna Breen Health Care Provider Protection Reauthorization Act.

  • March 22, 2024
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Insights from the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee hearing on the FDA's proposed LDT regulations and the VALID Act.

  • March 22, 2024
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AAMC Champion of Academic Medicine Award

This award recognizes members of Congress and staff for extraordinary leadership in support of the academic medicine community.

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Advocacy Coalitions

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.

FOVA is a diverse coalition representing national academic, medical, and scientific societies; voluntary health and patient advocacy groups; and veteran-focused associations.

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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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