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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

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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

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 the Coalition for National Science Funding in urging Congress to finalize the highest appropriation level possible for the NSF in FY 2023.

  • Oct. 27, 2022
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Testimony & Correspondence

The AAMC joined the Coalition for National Science Funding in a letter to OMB and OSTP outlining funding recommendations for the National Science Foundation for

  • Oct. 27, 2022
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Testimony & Correspondence

AAMC responds to lawmakers request for information on improving payment for physicians and expanding value-based care.

  • Oct. 26, 2022
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Testimony & Correspondence

On Oct. 21, the AAMC commented on the Senate Finance Committee’s proposal to strengthen the behavioral health workforce.

  • Oct. 21, 2022
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Testimony & Correspondence

On Oct. 19, the AAMC signed on to the AI/AN Health Partners letter urging House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, to increase funding for the IHS.

  • Oct. 19, 2022
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Testimony & Correspondence

On Oct. 19, the AAMC signed on to the AI/AN Health Partners letter urging Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior to increase funding for the IHS.

  • Oct. 19, 2022
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Washington Highlights

On Oct. 13, the HHS posted an increase in reimbursements for 340B drugs, effective Sept. 28-Dec. 31, after the Supreme Court invalidated a prior reduction.

  • Oct. 19, 2022
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Washington Highlights

On Oct. 13, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra renewed the COVID-19 public health emergency declaration.

  • Oct. 18, 2022
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Testimony & Correspondence

The AAMC and the Council on Governmental Relations (COGR) submitted joint comments on barriers to researching the health effects of cannabis.

  • Oct. 15, 2022
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Washington Highlights

On Oct. 11, the AAMC held a virtual congressional briefing outlining recommendations to improve access to integrated behavioral health.

  • Oct. 14, 2022
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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

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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