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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.

Confronting the Mental Health Crisis: The Value of a Team-Based Approach

On October 11, the AAMC held a virtual congressional briefing outlining the potential benefit of integrated behavioral health models.

AAMC Policy and Priorities

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Research

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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Workforce

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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A Senate HELP subcommittee held a Nov. 30 hearing on ways to strengthen mental health supports for young people during the shift from high school to college.

  • December 2, 2022
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Testimony & Correspondence

The AAMC joined a group sign-on letter urging the inclusion of the “Investing in Kids’ Mental Health Now Act” (S.4747) in a year-end legislative package.

  • November 29, 2022
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Scheduled hearings and meetings related to academic medicine.

  • November 17, 2022
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The AAMC joined other hospital groups on Nov. 14 in a letter urging congressional leadership to avert pending cuts to Medicare payments.

  • November 17, 2022
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Press Release

The AAMC and the National Academy of Medicine issued a joint statement on violence against health care workers.

  • September 30, 2022
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Reps. Katko and Bucshon co-led a Sept. 27 Republican sign-on letter urging a legislative fix to Section 203 by the end of the year.

  • September 30, 2022
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Press Release

The AAMC issued a statement commending the Senate Finance Committee for bipartisan work to find solutions to the country’s mental and behavioral health crisis.

  • September 22, 2022
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On Aug. 12, the House voted to pass the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022, sending the bill to President Joe Biden.

  • August 15, 2022
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Press Release

The AAMC applauds the Senate for passing the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022, which would benefit patients by increasing access to care nationwide.

  • August 8, 2022
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The AAMC and 45 health professional and educational organizations submitted an amicus brief in support of consideration of race in higher education admissions

  • July 29, 2022

Advocacy Caucus and Coalitions

The CAMC is a bipartisan group of Members of Congress that seeks to promote and recognize the important role that medical schools, teaching hospitals and faculty physicians play to improve the health of people everywhere.

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

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.

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