October 31, 2022

AACOM in Action

What You Need to Know

Rep. Crawford Supports FAIR Act

Congressional support for the Fair Access in Residency (FAIR) Act, H.R. 8850, is growing, and the bill recently gained its first cosponsor, Rep. Rick Crawford (R-AR). Representing the New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine at Arkansas, Rep. Crawford supports H.R. 8850 to address unfair and unnecessary criteria imposed on DOs by Medicare-funded residency programs. AACOM continues to work with the osteopathic community and stakeholder organizations to build momentum on this bipartisan legislation to ensure the nation is leveraging all available physicians to support access to healthcare.

"At NYITCOM-Arkansas, we are dedicated to improving access to healthcare for the underserved and rural populations in our state and across the Mississippi Delta,” said Shane Speights, DO, NYITCOM-Arkansas dean. “The FAIR Act will ensure our students have a fair path to residency. With Arkansas ranking 46th in the number of active physicians per capita, and 48th in overall population health, I thank Rep. Crawford for supporting the FAIR Act and helping us meet our mission of increasing physicians who practice in our medically underserved region.”

AACOM Advocates

Advance the Message—Urge Congress to Pass the FAIR Act


Thousands of members of the osteopathic community have already raised their voices in support of the FAIR Act. We need YOU to amplify the message to ensure that Medicare-funded residency programs accept DO applications and the COMLEX-USA. Act now to contact your Members of Congress to cosponsor the FAIR Act (H.R. 8850) or introduce a Senate companion bill.

Policy Update

ED Unveils Final 90/10 Regulations


  • On October 27, 2022 the U.S. Department of Education (ED) its final rule governing the 90/10 regulation, which will prohibit for-profit colleges from receiving more than 90 percent of their revenue from federal student aid beginning in 2023.
  • AACOM urged ED to for medical schools in our response to the proposed rule. Additional analysis is forthcoming.

Congress Faces Crowded Lame Duck Session


  • In addition to finalizing the fiscal year 2023 funding, which runs out on December 16, 2022, Congress must address many other policy priorities when they come back in session after the midterm elections.
  • of potential lame duck health policy actions.

Applications Remain Open While Court of Appeals Pauses Student Loan Discharge


  • The Biden administration announced more than 22 million borrowers had applied for since the Student Aid opened on October 20, 2022 even as lawsuits were filed seeking to nullify the program.
  • The United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit temporarily paused the administration from discharging student debt as it reviews a brought by five Republican Attorneys General and one Republican Governor.
  • The lawsuit claims the loan forgiveness program would harm tax revenues and investment portfolios in the states. The Court must decide whether those who brought the lawsuit in Nebraska v. Biden have standing and whether they were injured by the policy.

Final Day for the PSLF Waiver; Apply by Midnight October 31


  • There is still time to apply to receive credit toward loan forgiveness under the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program for loan payments that otherwise would not qualify towards the number of payments needed to earn forgiveness.
  • Visit this and meet today's October 31, 2022 deadline.
  • While the Temporary Waiver is expiring, ED is making permanent changes to the PSLF Program and providing improvements for borrowers seeking forgiveness under Income Driven Repayment. and .

Engagement and Resources

Post-Election Committee Membership Tracker: Learn about key congressional positions, as well as potential and pending changes that are relevant to health policy on Capitol Hill. The tracker covers U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate leadership and membership of the healthcare committees of jurisdiction and will be updated after the election when Congress returns. .

New HRSA Funding Opportunity – Apply Now for Teaching Health Center Planning and Development Program Awards: The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is awarding $23.5 million to 47 recipients to establish new accredited community-based primary care medical or dental residency programs and residency programs in family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, internal medicine-pediatrics, psychiatry, obstetrics and gynecology, general dentistry, pediatric dentistry or geriatrics to address shortages in the primary care physician and dental workforce and challenges faced by healthcare professionals in rural and underserved communities. .

Last Chance to Apply for Geriatrics Career Awards: The HRSA Bureau of Health Workforce is accepting applications for Geriatrics Academic Career Awards, a program that supports the career development of junior faculty as academic geriatricians or academic geriatrics specialists. .

Apply Now for Mental and Behavioral Health Training Awards: HRSA is awarding $60 million to 23 recipients to train primary care residents in the prevention, identification, diagnosis, treatment and referral of services for mental and behavioral health conditions. .

Apply for Preventive Medicine Residency Funding: HRSA is awarding $6.7 million to 16 recipients to create new preventive medicine residencies at eligible entities, including colleges of osteopathic medicine. The goal of this program is to support access to preventive medicine and to integrate population health with primary care to improve the health of communities. .

Up to $120k in Loan Forgiveness Available to Qualifying Applicants: Fourth-year medical students can apply now for the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Students to Service Loan Repayment Program. The program offers up to $120,000 in loan repayment funds to eligible borrowers who provide primary health services in Health Professional Shortage Areas for up to three years after graduation. AACOM and the NHSC recently held an on the program. .

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