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Learn about policy issues important to medical schools and teaching hospitals, with Atul Grover, M.D., Ph.D.

Government Affairs and Advocacy

Government Affairs and Advocacy


This Week In Washington

House Passes SGR Reform, Senate Punts Until After Recess

The House March 26 overwhelmingly (392-37) passed the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (H.R.2),bipartisan legislation introduced March 24 by leaders of the House Energy and Commerce and Ways and Means Committees which permanently replaces Medicare’s sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula, reforms physician payment, and extends funding for Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Senate consideration of H.R. 2 was delayed until members return from a two-week spring recess.

E&C Health Subcommittee Discusses 340B Drug Pricing Program

At a March 24 House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee hearing with a panel of federal witnesses to discuss the 340B drug pricing program, several subcommittee members expressed the importance of the program in helping hospitals in their communities extend access and services to underserved populations.

House and Senate Pass Respective GOP Budgets

After hours of debate and consideration of nearly 40 amendments, the Senate March 27 passed the Republican’s fiscal year (FY) 2016 budget resolution 52-46. Just two days earlier, the House March 25 adopted its FY 2016 budget resolution on a 228-199 party-line vote.

Preserving GME Funding

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Whether it’s an emergency or a serious illness requiring complex care, when life is on the line you can count on America’s teaching hospitals. But can they count on the funding they need from Congress?

Advocacy Launches Ad to Warn of Sequestration Impact


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