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House Labor-HHS Appropriations Subcommittee Proposes NIH Budget Increase

Washington, D.C., July 7, 2016AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges) President and CEO Darrell G. Kirch, MD, issued the following statement on the FY 2017 spending bill approved by the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (Labor-HHS) and the provisions for increasing funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH):

“Medical research is vital to maintaining the health of our nation and providing hope to millions of Americans affected by life-threatening and chronic diseases. The AAMC appreciates the House subcommittee’s recognition that sustainable, predictable growth in NIH funding is key to making progress on these goals, as demonstrated by the FY 2017 bill’s $1.25 billion increase for the NIH in spite of the subcommittee’s strict budget constraints. As lawmakers consider final funding levels, the AAMC stands ready to work with both chambers to ensure that the approved package maximizes real growth in the NIH budget.

Additionally, to fully realize the benefits of medical research, we need to augment this investment with reliable support for critical agencies across the health care continuum. While we are grateful that the subcommittee continues funding for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, we are concerned that the steep funding cut and prohibition on patient-centered outcomes research will impede efforts across the Department of Health and Human Services to advance research that improves patient care. Similarly, programs at the Health Resources and Services Administration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, and the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute play an important role in enhancing the quality of care that patients receive.

As the process moves forward, we look forward to working with Congress to ensure support for these critical priorities that improve health care for all Americans.”

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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.

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