August 9, 2021

AACOM in Action

What You Need to Know

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Dr. Lorna Breen Health Care Provider Protection Act Passes Senate


On August 6, the Senate passed S. 610, the Dr. Lorna Breen Health Care Provider Protection Act, which aims to reduce and prevent suicide, burnout and mental and behavioral health conditions among healthcare professionals. both S. 610 and its House companion, H.R. 1667. The bill now moves to the House for further consideration.

Biden Administration Extends Student Loan Payment Freeze Until February


On August 6, the Biden Administration extended the freeze on student loan payments through January 31, 2022. The moratorium, which was set to expire on September 30, suspends all payments on loans owned by the U.S. Department of Education (ED) and sets interest rates at zero percent. .

House Passes Seven-Bill Appropriations Package


On July 29, the House passed its seven-bill minibus spending package for fiscal year (FY) 2022, which included funding for the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services, Education and Veterans Affairs. Notably, the package provides $49.5 billion for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and $7.5 billion for the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), increases of $6.5 billion and $1.6 billion, respectively, compared to FY21. Learn more about the proposed funding levels for the National Health Service Corps, rural health and other programs .

See You in September!


Due to the congressional August recess, we will publish the next issue of the Washington Insider in early September. See you next month!



Urge Your Representative to Reduce Interest on Graduate Student Loans


to support the Protecting Our Students by Terminating Graduate Rates that Add to Debt (POST GRAD) Act. The POST GRAD Act would reinstate graduate and professional student eligibility for Federal Direct Subsidized Loans, which do not accrue interest while a student is in school at least half-time or during grace or deferment periods.

Policy Update

CMS Publishes IPPS Final Rule; GME Provisions Forthcoming


  • On August 2, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued parts of its FY22 Inpatient Prospective Payment System , which updates Medicare payment policies and rates for hospital operating and capital-related costs.
  • Given the volume and nature of , CMS will subsequently release sections of the final rule detailing implementation of certain graduate medical education policies, including adding 1,000 new residency training slots for teaching hospitals, addressing the resident rotator issue and easing rural training track requirements.

ED Announces Regulatory Topics for Negotiated Rulemaking Committee


  • ED will a negotiated rulemaking committee in October to rewrite regulations for Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF), income-contingent repayment plans and borrower defense to repayment, among other issues. ED is also seeking nominations for negotiators to serve on the committee.
  • AACOM in June on the PSLF Program and gainful employment in response to ED’s intent to overhaul more than a dozen regulatory issues impacting higher education and Title IV federal financial aid.

Senate Approval of Budget Resolution and Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill Expected This Week


  • Last week, the Senate began consideration of a $1 trillion bipartisan bill that invests in and transforms transportation, water, energy and broadband infrastructure.
  • Additionally, Senate Democrats today unveiled a that they want to pass without GOP support later this year.
  • Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer maintains his goal to pass both a budget resolution and bipartisan infrastructure bill before allowing the Senate to leave for August recess. House and Senate committees will then begin work on the contents of the $3.5 trillion spending package focusing on Democratic priorities such as healthcare subsidies, paid leave and free community college.

Engagement and Resources

THCGME Program Funding Opportunities Available: HRSA released three new funding opportunities to support primary care residency programs in rural and underserved communities, create new community-based residency programs and provide technical assistance to award recipients. Applications are due August 30 and September 21, 2021. .

NIH Grant Boosts Diverse Research Workforce: Apply now for the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases opportunity that encourages diverse and underrepresented health professions students to pursue research careers in the biomedical and behavioral sciences. .

Visit AACOM's for federal grants of interest to osteopathic medical education.

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