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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.

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AAMC Statement on Bipartisan Safer Communities Act

On June 22, the AAMC released a statement applauding the advancement of the bipartisan Safer Communities Act and urged lawmakers to ensure its final passage so as to promote gun safety and injury prevention.

AAMC Policy and Priorities



AAMC member institutions endeavor to prepare a diverse medical research workforce and champion an environment in which medical discovery can flourish. A strong commitment to discovery 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 provides academic medicine-related news and  health policy information from Capitol Hill and the federal agencies.

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Testimony & Correspondence

AAMC joined 115 national organizations in a letter to Congressional leadership asking that they pass maternal health legislation.

  • December 8, 2020
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Press Release

The AAMC issued the following statement on the nomination of Xavier Becerra for secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

  • December 7, 2020
Advocacy & Policy

To combat the coronavirus during a time when COVID-19 hospitalizations are at an all-time high, the AAMC urges congressional action in six main areas

  • December 7, 2020
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Advocacy & Policy

Congress should eliminate the scheduled fiscal year (FY) 2021 Medicaid disproportionate share hospital (DSH) program cuts.

  • December 7, 2020
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Testimony & Correspondence

AAMC Submits Comments on the 2020 NIH-Wide Strategic Plan for COVID-19 Research

  • December 7, 2020
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Washington Highlights

MedPAC met to discuss payment adequacy draft recommendations for payment updates across various healthcare provider types.

  • December 4, 2020
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Washington Highlights

A bipartisan group of congressional members introduced a bicameral proposal for a COVID-19 relief package.

  • December 4, 2020
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Washington Highlights

CMS released its CY 2021 OPPS final rule, which finalizes cuts to the 340B program and eliminates the IPO list.

  • December 4, 2020
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Washington Highlights

CMS issued a rule finalizing 2021 payment rates for physicians, making some COVID-19 flexibilities and waivers permanent.

  • December 4, 2020
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Washington Highlights

The AAMC joined the Ad Hoc Group for Medical Research in highlighting scientific progress in a letter to President-elect Biden.

  • December 4, 2020
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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.

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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