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AAFP Leads Fight to Shield Primary Care Programs From Budget Cuts, Preserve Medicaid/Medicare Parity Provision
By News Staff
Another Speak Out alert is rallying AAFP member opposition to a House proposal that would pay for a year-long Medicare physician payment patch by eliminating the Affordable Care Act's Medicaid/Medicare parity provision.
- The AAFP has launched a grass-roots campaign to protect primary care programs from across-the-board budget cuts.
- As part of the campaign, the AAFP has issued three separate but related Speak Out Alerts urging members to weigh in on the issues.
- The Academy also is involved in negotiations with Congress to avert a pending 26.5 percent Medicare payment reduction.
The grass-roots campaign provides brief summaries of the issues and provides members with letters they can send to their representatives in Washington. For example, the information on the Medicaid/Medicare parity issue acknowledges that physicians are facing a steep payment reduction on Jan. 1 as a result of the sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula. However, according to the AAFP, eliminating the Medicaid/Medicare parity provision and "withdrawing the promise of primary care for low-income working families cannot be used to avoid the SGR cut."
Another issue is the danger posed by potential cuts to the National Health Service Corps and Title VII primary care training grants. "These programs engage medical students in community-focused improvement projects while emphasizing the importance of the patient-centered medical home," says the Academy.
The AAFP also is asking members to advocate on GME funding, which "helps family medicine residents train to become well-rounded physicians, including valuable placements in communities across America where they deliver cost-effective, coordinated care. Primary care training programs will disproportionately suffer if Congress imposes GME cuts," the Academy warns.
The grass-roots campaign represents one part of the AAFP's efforts to protect programs that are vital to the interests of family medicine during the current budget negotiation process. The Academy also is working to avert the pending 26.5 percent Medicare payment reduction scheduled to take effect as a result of the SGR and an additional 2 percent reduction in the payment rate called for by the BCA's sequestration provision on Jan. 2.
The AAFP also has engaged with its constituent chapters by providing them with background materials and urging them to weigh in on the issues by adding their signatures to a sign-on letter to Congress on which the AAFP and other physician groups are working.
AAFP Unites Members to Speak Out to Congress on Cuts