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  • Press Release

    AAMC Statement on Health Care Provisions in Congressional Funding Package

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    Stuart Heiser, Senior Media Relations Specialist

    AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges) President and CEO David J. Skorton, MD, and Chief Public Policy Officer Danielle Turnipseed, JD, MHSA, MPP, issued the following statement in response to passage of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2024:

    “We are grateful that congressional leaders addressed several health care challenges facing the nation’s teaching health systems and hospitals, medical schools, and faculty physicians by including critical health extenders as part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act. In addition to funding a number of federal agencies, the legislation will eliminate scheduled cuts to the Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital program through the end of 2024, which is critical to protecting the nation’s health care safety net. This legislation will also help patients continue to access the care they need by mitigating cuts to physicians' Medicare payments. Additionally, we are pleased that the package includes an extension of the Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education program, which helps support resident training, and the National Health Service Corps, which plays a significant role in recruiting primary care physicians to rural and other underserved communities through scholarships and loan repayment options. We also are grateful it includes a $27 million (2.9%) increase for the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical and Prosthetics Research programs, which would help ensure research progress keeps pace with the increasing demands of improving health for veterans. Finally, we appreciate that these important health investments were achieved without harmful cuts to teaching health systems and hospitals’ outpatient departments that could impact access to care for the patients and communities they serve.”

    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.