American Osteopathic Association

Advancing the distinctive philosophy and practice of osteopathic medicine

Federal Legislative Priorities

capitol-hill-17.jpgThe AOA's Department of Public Policy lobbies agencies to improve patient access to quality health care.

Email the Department of Public Policy to voice your opinions on any legislative priorities or regulatory issues that affect the health care industry, including:

Health Care Reform

The AOA and other physician groups representing frontline providers of medical care are urging Congress to set aside the American Health Care Act (AHCA) and instead work with our organizations to achieve real bipartisan solutions to improve affordability, access and coverage for all. Learn more by reading:

Teaching Health Centers Graduate Medical Education Program

The Teaching Health Centers Graduate Medical Education (THCGME) program is a successful community-based medical residency training program that helps fill critical primary care gaps where they are most needed, especially in rural and underserved communities - areas where many DOs serve. Funding for this program was temporarily reauthorized for three months. Congress extended the THCGME program until March 31, 2018. However, the pattern of short-term extensions continues to provide uncertainty and is also a source of critical concern for osteopathic medical students considering careers in primary care. The AOA is calling on Congress to immediately reauthorize the THCGME program, along with the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) and other important public health programs.


 More Information

members-only lockInformation on priority issues directly affecting DOs can be found in the members-only section under State Government Affairs.