Speak Out

Find your elected officials

The power of your pen (or keyboard)

Use your voice. Your words. Your story. We’ve made it easy for you by providing pre-written letters to Congress, but feel free to edit and make your letter your own. Below is a list of active letter campaigns. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact grassroots@aafp.org.

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Ask Senators to make direct primary care more accessible

Support legislation clarifying Direct Primary Care (DPC) as "medical care," thus opening DPC to patients with HSAs.

Primary Care Congressional Caucus

The PCC will work to address the nation’s growing need for primary care providers. Urge your legislator to join this important effort for primary care in America.

Maintain the current 90-day Reporting Period

Tell Congress that a 365-day HIT reporting period adds too much burden on your already strained schedule. CMS should maintain the 2015 standard of 90-days, and let physicians get back to work.

Help support Meaningful Use blanket exemptions

Tell your representative to support blanket exemptions for physicians by co-sponsoring the Meaningful Use Hardship Relief Act.

Tell Congress to keep regulating cigars

Tell your Senators the effects that cigar smoke has on your patients and oppose two riders that would excempt cigars from regulation.

Tell Congress to pause Meaningul Use Stage 3 

With only 10% of physicians currently attesting to Meaningful Use Stage 2, and 43% of physicians facing penalties in 2015, more time is needed.

Increase Payment to Primary Care Physicians

Encourage your legislators to support HB 751, which will add funds to the 2017 State Budget Appropriations to increase payment to family physicians for Medicaid patients.

Tell Congress to Protect the Successful THCGME Program

Community-based Family Medicine residency programs will expire if Congress does not take action. Urge your Representative to address the primary care shortage and protect physician training in our communities.