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  • Press Release

    AAMC Statement on Health Care Provisions in the Build Back Better Act

    Media Contacts

    Stuart Heiser, Senior Media Relations Specialist

    AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges) President and CEO David J. Skorton, MD, and Chief Public Policy Officer Karen Fisher, JD, issued the following statement about crucial health care provisions included in the Build Back Better Act: 

    “Unless lawmakers act, millions of people in the United States will struggle to access essential health care services due to health care workforce shortages, persistent gaps in Medicaid coverage, and the pending expiration of enhanced subsidies that make insurance coverage more affordable.

    Congress has an obligation to invest in policies that would directly address these and other challenges and improve the health of patients and communities nationwide.

    The Build Back Better Act would take historic steps toward alleviating the physician shortage, diversifying the physician workforce, improving access to care for people in underserved urban and rural communities, strengthening public health infrastructure, and addressing long-standing health inequities.

    The AAMC remains committed to working with all members of Congress and the Biden administration to advance these priorities, and we urge the Senate to act without further delay. Time is not a luxury that the nation’s patients or our health care system can afford.” 

    The AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges) is a nonprofit association dedicated to improving the health of people everywhere through medical education, health care, medical research, and community collaborations. Its members are all 158 U.S. medical schools accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education; 13 accredited Canadian medical schools; approximately 400 academic health systems and teaching hospitals, 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, academic health systems and teaching hospitals, and the millions of individuals across academic medicine, including more than 193,000 full-time faculty members, 96,000 medical students, 153,000 resident physicians, and 60,000 graduate students and postdoctoral researchers in the biomedical sciences. Following a 2022 merger, the Alliance of Academic Health Centers and the Alliance of Academic Health Centers International broadened participation in the AAMC by U.S. and international academic health centers.