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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


Senate Appropriations Subcommittee Emphasizes Mental Health Workforce Needs

February 17, 2017

At a Feb. 15 Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education hearing titled, “Mental Health Care: Examining Treatments and Services,” both witnesses and Senators expressed concern over mental health workforce challenges.


House Rules Committee to Hold Hearings on Earmarks

February 17, 2017

According to press accounts, House Rules Committee Chair Pete Sessions (R-Texas) Feb. 14 said in a Republican Conference meeting he plans to hold hearings to discuss the reintroduction of earmarks, also known as “congressionally directed spending,” or more recently referred to as “line item appropriations.”



OMB Provides Interim Guidance on the President’s Executive Order on Reducing Regulation and Controlling Costs

February 10, 2017

The Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) Feb. 2 provided interim guidance for agencies to implement the fiscal year (FY) 2017 requirements of the Jan. 30 Executive Order, “Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs” (EO).


AAMC Joins Letter to President Trump and Congressional Leadership on NIH Funding

February 10, 2017

The AAMC joined 259 patient, medical, scientific, and academic organizations on a Feb. 7 community letter urging President Trump and congressional leadership to complete a fiscal year (FY) 2017 spending package that includes $34.1 billion for the National Institutes of Health (NIH).


On Government Affairs


Testimony and Correspondence