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

AOA advocacy efforts helped ensure the two-year reauthorization of funding for the Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education (THCGME) program. Funding for the program was included in the bipartisan budget deal signed by President Trump in February 2018.

The THCGME program is a community-based medical residency training program that helps fill critical primary care gaps where they are most needed, especially in rural and underserved communities where many DOs practice medicine. Established as part of the Affordable Care Act, the program not only helps address the primary care shortage, but also helps ensure that rural and underserved patients maintain full access to care.

In 2017, more than 740 residents served at nearly 60 teaching health centers across the country. More than half of these programs were osteopathically-focused.


 More Information

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