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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

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Research

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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Workforce

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

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Testimony & Correspondence

Letter from 166 organizations urging Senate leaders to pass the Mainstreaming Addiction Treatment Act as part of the September continuing resolution.

  • Aug. 31, 2022
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Testimony & Correspondence

The AAMC submitted comments on the draft guidance from OHRP related to the requirement that federally funded multisite research use a single IRB review.

  • Aug. 26, 2022
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Washington Highlights

On Aug. 19, the No Surprises Act final rules were released, updating key provisions in regulations to modify the independent dispute resolution process.

  • Aug. 25, 2022
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Testimony & Correspondence

AAMC joined 20+ health organizations urging the Texas Court of Appeals to continue enjoining Texas actions against gender-affirming care for adolescents.

  • Aug. 25, 2022
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Press Release

The AAMC issued the following statement in response to the announcement that Anthony S. Fauci, MD, will step down in December 2022.

  • Aug. 22, 2022
Washington Highlights

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced on Aug. 18 that it has developed a road map for the eventual end of the COVID-19 PHE.

  • Aug. 19, 2022
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Washington Highlights

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced on Aug. 18 that it has developed a road map for the eventual end of the COVID-19 PHE.

  • Aug. 18, 2022
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Testimony & Correspondence

AAMC joined 20+ health organizations urging the 11th Circuit to uphold an injunction against an Alabama ban on evidence-based care for transgender adolescents.

  • Aug. 17, 2022
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Washington Highlights

On Aug. 12, the House voted to pass the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022, sending the bill to President Joe Biden.

  • Aug. 15, 2022
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Testimony & Correspondence

The AAMC and AHA filed an amicus brief opposing an Idaho law that makes it a felony for physicians to perform an abortion even in a medical emergency.

  • Aug. 15, 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 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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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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