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New Study Shows Impact of Student Debt on Homeownership

July 7, 2016

By Pamela Murphy, MSW, AACOM Vice President of Government Relations

Did you ever play Milton Bradley’s The Game of Life as a child? When you’re playing the board game, feigning adulthood, and contemplating your fictional future, you move from student to professional to homeowner to parent to retirement relatively seamlessly. The reality is that for many, student loan debt is becoming a burden that prevents them from realizing their dreams – in whatever order they choose to pursue them.

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STUDY: Projected Retirements Create a Physician Gap

June 30, 2016

By Pamela Murphy, MSW, AACOM Vice President of Government Relations

A recent report by the American Medical Association found that 42% of practicing physicians in the United States are 55 years of age or older. The same study reports that 26% of physicians over 55 years of age are planning to retire within the next three years. Think about that. Within the next three years, about 87,300 doctors will leave the field of medicine. With an ever-growing patient population and the number of physicians set to retire exceeding the amount of medical school graduates, our nation faces a serious health crisis that impacts Americans’ access to quality care and the future of the health care work force.

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Crossword: How Well Do You Know the HEA?

June 28, 2016

By Liane Weissenberger, Advocacy and Public Affairs Manager

Since being signed into law, the Higher Education Act (HEA) has played a critical role in providing medical and other graduate students the federal financial aid programs they need to help finance their education. Over the coming months, Members of Congress will continue to negotiate the reauthorization of HEA, so now’s the perfect time to brush up on your HEA knowledge!

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HEA & You: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

June 23, 2016

By Pamela Murphy, MSW, AACOM Vice President of Government Relations

Since its passage, the Higher Education Act (HEA) has played a critical role in almost every student’s journey through medical and graduate school, providing federal financial support through loan and repayment programs like Federal Stafford Loans, Direct Graduate PLUS (GradPLUS) Loans, Perkins Loans, and the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program.

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An ED to MED Advocates’ Guide to Acronyms

June 21, 2016

By Liane Weissenberger, Advocacy and Public Affairs Manager

If Washington, D.C. loves anything, it’s acronyms. For outsiders, the city can feel like it has a language of its own. The nation’s capital functions on acronyms on a daily basis, including the multitude of federal agency names and legislative jargon. I remember being at a hearing during my first couple weeks in D.C., straining to distinguish the jumble of acronyms and grateful I could Google it all later. It was a rite of passage when (after a couple months) I realized I was able to carry a conversation that others outside “the Beltway” may have found cryptic.

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The Physician Pipeline and the Growing Demand for Health Care

June 14, 2016

By Pamela Murphy, MSW, AACOM Vice President of Government Relations

The U.S. sits at the brink of a crisis – and you aren’t hearing about it on the news or reading about on the Internet. Nonetheless, it will impact Americans across the country. Unless Congress takes action, the U.S. will not have enough physicians to meet the nation’s health care needs.

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What Happens When Med Students Speak Up?

June 9, 2016

By Liane Weissenberger, Advocacy and Public Affairs Manager

Over the last few months, medical and graduate students across the country have used the ED to MED “Share Your Story” tool to speak up about how graduate student debt impacts their lives. As Congress continues to negotiate the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act (HEA), these stories are critical to showing legislators that graduate student debt is more than a line item in the federal budget or part of a long list of federal student aid program acronyms.

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The Higher Education Act… as told by your favorite medical shows

June 6, 2016

By Liane Weissenberger, Advocacy and Public Affairs Manager

Each year, National Higher Education Day highlights the vital role higher education plays in shaping our nation’s future. This year, the conversation holds special significance as higher education becomes an increasingly important topic on the campaign trail and in Congress.

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“Interest”ing Facts Every Graduate Student Needs to Know

May 31, 2016

By Pamela Murphy, MSW, AACOM Vice President of Government Relations

Medical and graduate student debt has an enormous impact on the lives of many young professionals. In addition to taking out loans to cover the cost of their education, students must pay interest on their loans over time.

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