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AAMC, Health Organizations Submit Statements on HHS Funding Priorities

March 15, 2013—AAMC and two of the coalitions it leads March 15 submitted statements for the record to the House spending panel that determines funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other programs under the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

In its statement , the AAMC urged appropriators “to recognize NIH as an urgent national priority in its FY 2014 Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations bill,” describing how the “successful partnership” between NIH and AAMC members “not only lays the foundation for improved health and quality of life, but also strengthens the nation’s long-term economy.” The statement also recommended that appropriators reject its past proposals to limit salaries that can be drawn from NIH extramural awards to Executive Level III of the Federal Executive Pay Scale.

AAMC also described the importance of investing in the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, as well as workforce programs administered by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), including Title VII health professions, Title VIII nursing, Children's Hospitals Graduate Medical Education programs, and the National Health Service Corps.

The AAMC-led Ad Hoc Group for Medical Research, a coalition of more than 300 patient and voluntary health groups, medical and scientific societies, academic and research organizations, and industry supporting funding for NIH, also submitted a statement . The testimony “recommends the highest possible funding level for NIH, and encourages the Subcommittee to stop the pernicious cuts to research funding that squander invaluable scientific opportunities, threaten medical progress and continued improvements in our nation’s health, and jeopardize our economic vitality.”

AAMC also submitted testimony  on behalf of the Health Professions and Nursing Education Coalition (HPNEC), an informal alliance with more than 60 national groups focused on the Title VII health professions and Title VIII nursing workforce development programs. Its statement recommends $520 million for the programs to “improve the supply, distribution, and diversity of the nation’s health professionals,” noting “in 2013, the programs celebrate 50 years of helping the workforce adapt to Americans’ changing health care needs.”

Contact:

Dave Moore
Senior Director, Government Relations
Telephone: 202-828-0559
Email: dbmoore@aamc.org

Tannaz Rasouli
Sr. Director, Public Policy & Strategic Outreach
Telephone: 202-828-0525
Email: trasouli@aamc.org

Alexandra Khalife
Legislative Analyst
Telephone: 202-828-0418
Email: akhalife@aamc.org

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