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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

Senate Panel Slams Administration’s NIH Budget Request, F&A Proposal

June 23, 2017

—Both Republican and Democratic members of the Senate Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Subcommittee rejected the president’s fiscal year (FY) 2018 budget request for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) [see Washington Highlights, May 26] – including the administration’s proposal to limit NIH reimbursement for facilities and administrative (F&A) expenses – at a June 22 hearing featuring NIH Director Francis Collins, M.D., Ph.D. and the directors of six NIH institutes.

Senate Panel Questions Cuts to NIH, Other HHS Programs in President’s FY 2018 Budget

June 16, 2017

In a lively June 15 hearing, members of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (Labor-HHS) questioned Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tom Price, MD, on the president’s fiscal year (FY) 2018 budget proposal.

Secretary Price Testifies at Senate and House Hearings on FY 2018 HHS Budget Proposal

June 9, 2017

Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tom Price, MD, testified June 8 in front of both the Senate Finance Committee and House Ways and Means Committee about the department’s fiscal year (FY) 2018 budget.

President’s Budget Includes Major Cuts to HHS, Other Domestic Spending

May 26, 2017

The administration May 23 released its full fiscal year (FY) 2018 budget request, which proposes $3.6 trillion in spending reductions over ten years. Though the proposal does not include direct cuts to Medicare, it proposes substantial reductions to other programs within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) – including the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Medicaid, and health professions programs – as well as programs at the Departments of Education and Veterans Affairs.

Senators Support Health Workforce Programs in FY 18 Funding Letters

May 26, 2017

Members of the Senate demonstrated support of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Title VII health professions and Title VIII nursing workforce programs in May 25 letters sent to the Senate Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Subcommittee.

On Government Affairs

Testimony and Correspondence