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Washington Highlights is a weekly newsletter that provides updates on the latest legislative and regulatory activities affecting medical schools, teaching hospitals, and their patients and communities.

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President’s Budget Request Proposes Increased Funds for Research, Health Programs

President Biden released his top-line discretionary funding request for FY 2022, including increased investments in HHS programs and other research agencies.

AAMC Responds to Senate HELP Committee’s Workforce RFI

The AAMC submitted comments to the Senate HELP Committee on policies that can improve the training of the nation’s health workforce.

Senate Finance Committee Holds Hearing on HHS Deputy Secretary and CMS Administrator Nominees

The Senate Finance Committee held a hearing with HHS Deputy Secretary Nominee Andrea Palm and CMS Administrator-designate Chiquita Brooks-LaSure.

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HHS Secretary Testifies on FY22 Budget Before Appropriations Subcommittee

HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra testified on April 15 before the House Appropriations Committee regarding President Biden’s FY 2022 budget request.

House Subcommittee Holds Hearing on Opioid Epidemic Within the COVID-19 Pandemic

The House Energy and Commerce health subcommittee held a hearing on the opioid epidemic amid the pandemic.

VA Leadership Testifies on FY 2022 Budget Proposal

Veterans Affairs (VA) leadership testified before the House MilCon-VA subcommittee regarding President Biden’s FY 2022 budget request.

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Other Washington Highlights Articles

HHS Revises Rules for Title X Family Planning Services

The HHS proposes to revise its 2019 rule by readopting regulations from 2000 with modifications to ensure access to equitable, affordable services under Title X

President Signs Medicare Sequester Moratorium Extension

President Joe Biden signed an extension of the Medicare sequester moratorium until Dec. 31.

AAMC Endorses Loan Forgiveness for Frontline Health Workers

Rep. Carolyn Maloney introduced legislation on April 8 that would forgive all student loans for COVID-19 frontline health workers.

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On the Agenda In Washington

Scheduled hearings and meetings related to academic medicine.

Podcast: A Look Ahead: AAMC 2021 Advocacy and Policy Priorities

As congressional lawmakers continue their work on Capitol Hill, the academic medicine community is looking for ways to educate policymakers.