Changes in the White House and Congress mean changes are coming to health care policy, so family physicians should be prepared.
The AAFP will host a free webinar next week to help members navigate the new landscape as it is shaped by President Donald Trump and members of the 115th Congress.
The webinar, which will address the major health policy issues that the incoming administration and Congress are likely to tackle, is scheduled for Jan. 25 at 2 p.m. EST and will last 45 minutes. It will be led by Conrad Flick, M.D., managing partner of Family Medical Associates of Raleigh, and Shawn Martin, AAFP senior vice president of advocacy, practice advancement and policy.
The webinar will focus on what new policy measures could mean for family practices. Martin will outline specific legislative proposals, and Flick will address how each one could affect family physicians. It is intended to be a discussion of policy implications and not a partisan political debate.
The webinar will begin with an overview of President Trump's campaign promises, a sketch of the new Congress and a survey of positions held by Rep. Tom Price, M.D., R-Ga., the nominee to lead HHS.
A key topic will be the future of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) -- specifically, what the GOP plans to do in 2017, what the AAFP would like to protect, and what the replacement options are if the act is repealed.
Martin and Flick will analyze what could happen if the ACA is repealed and what steps legislators could take both politically and on the policy front if they decide to go in another direction. A comparison will be made between the ACA and potential replacement plans.
Other topics to be discussed include the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act, direct primary care, public health initiatives and budget priorities for various federal agencies. After the discussion is complete, members can submit questions to the panelists.
Martin and Flick will close the webinar by discussing how family physicians can advocate for the specialty even if they do not know a legislator. Members who want to learn more about how they can affect policy can join the Family Physician Action Network.
Members who want to learn more about how to get involved with any grassroots initiative can email AAFP grassroots strategist Eric Storey.
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