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Second Opinion

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

Budget and Appropriations

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The AAMC and its members work with Congress and the administration to promote federal budget policies that will benefit all Americans by:

  • Strengthening the nation’s system of medical education;

  • Ensuring that safe, quality care is provided to all who need it; and

  • Supporting improved health and innovation through biomedical, behavioral, and health services research.

Federal investments in health, research, and education agencies under the Labor-HHS-Education appropriations bill and other annual spending bills are critical to supporting AAMC members in their primary missions of providing access to high-quality health care for all Americans and leading the way on scientific discovery that fuels future medical advances and educating the next generation of health care providers.

Likewise, other budget platforms—such as the president’s annual budget request, the Congressional budget resolution, and other fiscal proposals and analyses—can affect the ability of medical schools and teaching hospitals to promote the health of the American people and serve as economic engines for their communities, states, and the nation.


News and Updates


House Committees Explore VA Legislative and Budget Proposals

April 20, 2018

Two House Committees April 17 held hearings on Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) issues. The House VA Committee convened to hear testimony on pending legislation, while the Appropriations Subcommittee on Military, Construction, and VA (MilCon-VA) held a Member Day hearing on the President’s Budget for FY 2019.


Federal Officials Discuss Fiscal Year 2019 Biodefense and Preparedness Programs with House Appropriators

April 20, 2018

The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies April 18 held a hearing to discuss the administration’s fiscal year (FY) 2019 budget proposal related to biodefense and preparedness programs at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).


AAMC Joins Coalition, Lawmakers in Support of AHRQ Funding

April 13, 2018

A coalition of 142 organizations, including the AAMC, March 27 joined a House and Senate letter organized by the Friends of AHRQ urging appropriators to provide at least $454 million in budget authority for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) in fiscal year (FY) 2019.


House Panel Examines HRSA Workforce and Rural Health Programs

April 13, 2018

The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies April. 12 held a fiscal year (FY) 2019 budget hearing titled “Investments in our Health Workforce and Rural Communities.”


NIH Director Testifies Before House Subcommittee

April 13, 2018

National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director Francis Collins, MD, PhD, accompanied by the directors of five NIH institutes, April 11 testified before the House Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Subcommittee regarding the agency’s fiscal year (FY) 2019 budget proposal.


On Government Affairs


Testimony and Correspondence