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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.

AAMC Hosts Day of Action in Washington, DC

Medical schools and teaching hospitals met with policymakers to demonstrate how the innovations that start in academic medicine save countless lives.

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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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The AAMC joined 20 organizations in an Aug. 11 amicus brief supporting a legal challenge to a Texas ban on providing gender-affirming care to patients under 18.

  • Aug. 11, 2023
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The CMS temporarily suspended the IDR process on Aug. 8 after a federal judge vacated the federal fee increase and batching rules under the No Surprises Act.

  • Aug. 11, 2023
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The AAMC joined more than 20 organizations urging the 6th Circuit to affirm injunctions against two state bans on gender-affirming care for patients under 18.

  • Aug. 11, 2023
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Testimony & Correspondence

AAMC joined 20 health organizations supporting a legal challenge to a Texas ban on providing gender-affirming care to patients under 18

  • Aug. 11, 2023
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Testimony & Correspondence

AAMC joined more than 20 health organizations urging the 6th Circuit to affirm injunctions against KY and TN bans on providing gender-affirming care to patients

  • Aug. 10, 2023
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Washington Highlights

On July 31, the NIH convened a virtual workshop on its process for patenting and licensing technologies, primarily from its intramural research program.

  • Aug. 4, 2023
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On July 28, House members reintroduced the bipartisan Conrad State 30 and Physician Access Reauthorization Act.

  • Aug. 4, 2023
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Washington Highlights

The CMS finalized Medicare payment policies for FY 2024 inpatient items and services.

  • Aug. 4, 2023
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The AAMC submitted Aug. 2 comments on the proposed rule to limit short-term, limited duration plans.

  • Aug. 4, 2023
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The AAMC joined a July 28 sign-on letter urging increased federal funding levels for the FY 24 Labor-HHS-Education spending bill.

  • Aug. 4, 2023
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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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AAMC Action

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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