AAMC Urges Swift Passage of Omnibus Spending Bill
Washington, D.C., December 16, 2015—AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges) President and CEO Darrell G. Kirch, MD, issued the following statement in support of the omnibus spending bill released by House and Senate appropriators last night:
“The AAMC commends House and Senate negotiators for including in the FY 2016 omnibus spending package $32 billion for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), $334 million for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), increased funding for VA research, and support for the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) health professions education programs, including continued funding for the Health Careers Opportunity Program’s diversity pipeline program and increased funding for Children’s Hospitals Graduate Medical Education.
NIH-funded research is the beginning of hope for millions of Americans and their families who are affected by illnesses such as diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and cancer, and the $2 billion increase in federal support for NIH is a crucial first step toward the development of life-changing cures and treatments. Additionally, the nearly $42 million increase in VA research funding will help drive innovations in care for veterans who have given our country so much.
The funding for AHRQ will propel vital improvements in patient care through research on health care quality and safety. Also, HRSA’s workforce programs are critical to ensuring that the health care workforce meets the needs of all Americans. Funding for each of these programs and agencies is key to improving our nation’s health during a time of rapid changes in health care technology and delivery.
We urge Congress to pass this spending package without delay and look forward to working with lawmakers to maintain sustained and predictable funding increases to NIH.”
The Association of American Medical Colleges is a not-for-profit association dedicated to transforming health care through innovative medical education, cutting-edge patient care, and groundbreaking medical research. Its members comprise all 147 accredited U.S. and 17 accredited Canadian medical schools; nearly 400 major teaching hospitals and health systems, including 51 Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers; and more than 80 academic societies. Through these institutions and organizations, the AAMC serves the leaders of America’s medical schools and teaching hospitals and their nearly 160,000 faculty members, 83,000 medical students, and 115,000 resident physicians. Additional information about the AAMC and its member medical schools and teaching hospitals is available at www.aamc.org.