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AAMC Statement on CMS Announcement on Medicaid Fiscal Accountability Regulation

September 15, 2020

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MEDIA CONTACTS
Stuart Heiser, Sr. Media Relations Specialist

AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges) Chief Public Policy Officer Karen Fisher, JD, issued the following statement on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) decision to rescind the proposed Medicaid Fiscal Accountability Regulation:

“The AAMC appreciates yesterday’s announcement from CMS to withdraw the proposed Medicaid Fiscal Accountability Regulation (MFAR). The MFAR rule would have unnecessarily and unreasonably added significant burden on states and localities to fund their Medicaid programs and ensure access to patients, particularly during the current public health crisis. We would like to thank CMS Administrator Seema Verma for her willingness to engage with stakeholders on this issue in response to the concerns raised by this proposal regarding the consequences for patients.

A reduction in federal Medicaid funding would be disastrous for patients and the hospitals, health systems, and faculty practice plans that care for them. We look forward to continuing to work with the administration, Congress, patients, and other health care stakeholders to ensure that access to health care and public health services are stable and supported when our patients and communities need them most.”

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The AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges) is a not-for-profit association dedicated to transforming health care through medical education, patient care, medical research, and community collaborations. Its members are all 155 accredited U.S. and 17 accredited Canadian medical schools; more than 400 teaching hospitals and health systems, including Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers; and more than 70 academic societies. Through these institutions and organizations, the AAMC leads and serves America’s medical schools and teaching hospitals and their more than 179,000 full-time faculty members, 92,000 medical students, 140,000 resident physicians, and 60,000 graduate students and postdoctoral researchers in the biomedical sciences.