The House of Representatives passed the Build Back Better Act (BBBA, HR 5376) by a vote of 220-213, mostly along party lines, on November 19th. The adopted bill reflects changes that have been incorporated into a leader’s amendment approved by the House Committee regarding. Rules on 4 Nov. [refer to Washington Highlights, Nov. 5].
Following the adoption, AAMC President and CEO David J. Skorton, MD, and Chief Public Policy Officer Karen Fisher, JD, issued a press release welcoming the adoption of the bill and highlighting investments in strengthening health care professionals.
“We strongly support and appreciate the historic increase in funding for medical education, which will benefit patients across the country, especially those in areas hardest hit by shortages. Doctors are an instrumental component of the country’s healthcare infrastructure,” they said. an additional 4,000 new Medicare-supported residencies included in the legislation.
Skorton and Fisher also shared support for BBBA’s Pathway to Practice Training Program, additional funding for Teaching Health Center graduate medical education, and investment in public health infrastructure and interventions.
The legislation will now go to the Senate, where it is likely to undergo further revisions and parliamentary revision.