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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 and Senate Pass Tax Legislation

December 22, 2017

The House and Senate Dec. 20 passed H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, legislation that will make major and substantial changes to the tax code.


Congress Sends Stopgap to the President to Avert Shutdown

December 22, 2017

Lawmakers Dec. 21 cleared a third stopgap (H.R. 1370) for the president, ensuring federal operations will continue at least through Jan. 19.


House Introduces New CR, CHIP Package While Senate Signals Different Approach

December 15, 2017

House Republicans Dec. 13 unveiled legislation (H.J.Res. 124) to continue federal funding through Jan. 19, fund the Department of Defense (DoD) through the end of FY 2018, and extend a number of health care programs, including the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Upon its release, however, senators in both parties expressed skepticism that the package would secure Senate passage, and suggested that the bill would be restructured before enactment.


Senate Appropriations Committee Holds Hearing on Opioid Crisis

December 7, 2017

The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Dec. 5 held a hearing to discuss federal efforts to address the opioid epidemic.


HPNEC, AAMC Congressional Briefing on HRSA Workforce Programs

December 7, 2017

The Health Professions and Nursing Education Coalition (HPNEC), an AAMC-led group of over 60 national organizations, hosted a November 28 briefing titled How HRSA Workforce Programs Address Today’s Public Health Concerns: Opioids, Rural Access, Health Equity, and Preventive Medicine.


On Government Affairs


Testimony and Correspondence