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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 Approves Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Spending Bill in “Minibus” Defense Package

July 28, 2017

The House July 27 passed, 235-192, the Department of Defense Appropriations Act (H.R. 3219), a minibus that includes the fiscal year (FY) 2018 Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies spending bill, as well as three other appropriations bills.


House FY 2018 Budget Resolution Inches Forward As Appropriators Forge Ahead

July 21, 2017

The House Budget Committee July 19 approved an FY 2018 budget resolution that includes reconciliation instructions for 11 House committees to achieve $203 billion in mandatory savings, and increases defense spending above the Budget Control Act sequestration caps.


House Appropriations Committee Approves Funding Cuts for Health Workforce Programs

July 21, 2017

The House Appropriations Committee July 19 approved its FY 2018 Labor-HHS-Education spending bill that would provide the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) with $448 million for Title VII health professions and Title VIII nursing workforce programs, a $91 million (16.8 percent) cut from the FY 2017 enacted level.


House Appropriators Approve Spending Bill With NIH Increase, Cuts to Health Professions

July 21, 2017

After a marathon markup stretching into the evening, the House Appropriations Committee July 19 approved, 28-22, its draft FY 2018 Labor-HHS-Education spending bill and accompanying report, providing a nearly $1 billion increase for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and blocking the administration’s proposal to reduce NIH support for facilities and administrative (F&A) expenses.


House Subcommittee Approves HHS Spending Bill

July 14, 2017

The House Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Subcommittee July 13 voted, 9-6, to approve its draft fiscal year (FY) 2018 spending bill, teeing up full committee consideration as soon as the week of July 17.


On Government Affairs


Testimony and Correspondence