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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



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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Testimony & Correspondence

The AAMC joined over 100 provider groups in a letter to Congress urging them to eliminate pending Medicare cuts.

  • December 5, 2022
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Washington Highlights

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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Washington Highlights

The CMS released a Nov. 29 RFI on coverage of benefits in health plans subject to the Essential Health Benefits requirements of the Affordable Care Act .

  • December 2, 2022
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Testimony & Correspondence

Letter signed by nearly 200 organizations, including the AAMC, urging House and Senate leaders to pass the bipartisan Mainstreaming Addiction Treatment Act.

  • November 29, 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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Washington Highlights

The AAMC submitted comments to the CMS in response to the “Make Your Voices Heard” RFI on how to promote efficiency, reduce burden, and advance equity.

  • November 17, 2022
Washington Highlights

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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Testimony & Correspondence

The AAMC joined in a group letter encouraging Congress to pass legislation to protect those covered under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

  • November 17, 2022
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Testimony & Correspondence

The AAMC joined over 100 national organizations in urging congress to enact expanded Medicaid coverage for postpartum persons.

  • November 14, 2022
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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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