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AAFP is the Organization to Move Family Medicine Forward

The American Academy of Family Physicians looks forward to working closely with new Administration and the 115th Congress to ensure that all Americans have access to high-quality, efficient health care.

Our Advocacy Efforts

Primary care–and particularly family medicine–is foundational to continued progress in reforming the health care system. The complexity of care provided by family physicians is unparalleled in medicine; Research at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and the Robert Graham Center for Policy Studies in Family Medicine and Primary Care shows that patients who have several health concerns seek the care of their family physician over subspecialists.  

The policies we have identified here will enable the American people to thrive. They will ensure continued progress toward health care for all, supported by a payment system that rewards value over volume of services, that promotes prevention and wellness, that protects patients from financial barriers to needed services, and that builds a primary care physician workforce that can meet the growing demand for care. Family physicians need your administration to make these a priority as we reform and improve America’s health care system.

Please use the map and its zoom functions to select states (Hawaii and Alaska included) to view their individual family medicine statistics and to visit each AAFP State Chapter's website.

Health Care for All

  • Pursue policies that improve employer-based programs and the Health Insurance Marketplaces.
  • Increase access to health care coverage for low-income individuals and families through expansion of the Medicaid program in all 50 states.
  • Advocate for the reauthorization of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

Primary Care Workforce

  • Establish a national workforce strategy that promotes primary care as fundamental to the health of individuals and populations; as well as a high-functioning and efficient health care system.
  • Reform the nation’s graduate medical education system to place greater emphasis on training the workforce of the future.
  • Build on the successful Teaching Health Center program by expanding the program to a greater number of communities.

AAFP Leadership

Michael L. Munger, MD, FAAFP
AAFP President

John S. Cullen, MD, FAAFP
AAFP President-Elect

John Meigs, Jr., MD, FAAFP
Board Chair

Douglas Henley, MD, FAAFP
Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Office

R. Shawn Martin
Senior Vice President, Advocacy, Practice Advancements, and Policy

Robert Hall
Director, Division of Government Relations

Health Care Affordability

  • Ensure that patients do not face financial obstacles to securing primary and preventive care.
  • Improve access to pharmaceutical and biologic treatments by reducing individual’s financial burden in obtaining these treatments.
  • Advocate for data democratization whereby health care quality and cost data is readily available to patients and their primary care physicians.

Prevention & Wellness

  • Promote health equity by advancing the value of incorporating social determinants of health in all health care delivery systems.
  • Collaborate with the public health community to promote prevention and wellness programs.
  • Improve access to vaccines for family medicine practices, reform the vaccine supply chain, and create payment policies that appropriately promote the delivery of vaccines, as appropriate, to all patients.