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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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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

AAMC joins 54 other organization in a letter expressing strong support for U.S. vaccine safety systems to the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pande

  • Feb. 15, 2024
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AAMC endorses Dr. Lorna Breen Healthcare Provider Protection Reauthorization Act

  • Feb. 14, 2024
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Washington Highlights

The House Ways and Means Committee held a Feb. 6 hearing to examine the root causes of drug shortages.

  • Feb. 9, 2024
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The Senate Finance Committee held a Feb. 8 hearing on AI in health care focusing on equity and clear regulations to harness the technology’s full potential. 

  • Feb. 9, 2024
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Washington Highlights

The AAMC joined other hospital associations in a Feb. 2 brief urging the Supreme Court to review a case regarding the formula for calculating DSH payments.

  • Feb. 9, 2024
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Testimony & Correspondence

The AAMC joined more than 170 national, state, and local organizations in a sign-on letter urging congressional leadership to avoid cuts to the Prevention Fund.

  • Feb. 5, 2024
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Washington Highlights

The CMS released a request for information on Medicare Advantage data to inform data capabilities and guide policymaking.

  • Feb. 2, 2024
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The Department of Education announced delays in the processing of financial aid information used by higher education institutions.

  • Feb. 2, 2024
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The HHS finalized a permanent policy to allow patients in Opioid Treatment Programs to receive buprenorphine through telehealth.

  • Feb. 2, 2024
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The Senate Gang of Six released discussion draft legislation on Feb. 2 that would modify key aspects of the 340B Drug Pricing Program.

  • Feb. 2, 2024
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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 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.

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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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