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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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Statement on Improving Health Through DEI

The AAMC and other health care and medical associations made a statement in support of DEI policies in health care, to help improve our nation’s health.

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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-supported PRO-HEAL Act, which would administer a provider pathway program, was introduced in the Senate on March 21.

  • March 22, 2024
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MedPAC’s March 2024 report to Congress recommends payment updates across seven Medicare payment systems and includes a Medicare Advantage status report.

  • March 22, 2024
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The AAMC joined two hospital and health system groups urging affirmance of a preliminary injunction against an Idaho abortion ban based on EMTALA pre-emption

  • March 22, 2024
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Press Release

The AAMC released the 2024 physician workforce projections report.

  • March 21, 2024
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Press Release

The AAMC issued a statement on the development of medical school curriculum.

  • March 18, 2024
Washington Highlights

The Senate Finance Committee held a March 14 hearing on President Joe Biden’s Health and Human Services (HHS) budget request for fiscal year (FY) 2025.

  • March 15, 2024
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Washington Highlights

he CMS announced Medicare Advance payments for physicians, while the OCR launched an investigation of UnitedHealth Group under HIPAA.

  • March 15, 2024
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Washington Highlights

The president’s budget request, released on March 11, provides increases for most academic medicine priorities.

  • March 15, 2024
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On March 12, Rep. Doris Matsui (D-Calif.) unveiled the 340B PATIENTS Act, which would codify covered entities’ ability to use contract pharmacies. 

  • March 15, 2024
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On March 9, President Biden signed into law the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2024, averting a partial government shutdown. 

  • March 15, 2024
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AAMC Champion of Academic Medicine Award

This award recognizes members of Congress and staff for extraordinary leadership in support of the academic medicine community.

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Advocacy Coalitions

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.

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

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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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