COVID-19: AAFP Advocacy
The Academy is working with Congress and federal agencies to ensure that family physicians receive prompt communication, updated guidance and robust resources in the fight against COVID-19.
Support Medicaid Payment Increases
Ask the Senate to support legislation that alleviates barriers to care for vulnerable patients by applying the Medicare payment rate floor to Medicaid primary care services.
Championing public health as the COVID-19 crisis continues, the AAFP in a statement called on Congress to reject the administration's withdrawal from the World Health Organization and, in a separate letter, asked HHS Secretary Alex Azar to "speak up and amplify the critical role" of the CDC while resisting "any efforts that would undermine its mission."
Telehealth flexibilities implemented in response to COVID-19 clearly work and should be made permanent, the Academy and more than 300 other health care organizations told congressional leaders in a June 29 letter(9 page PDF). In separate correspondence, the AAFP advised that any such policy update must support the medical home and discourage fragmentation of care.
The U.S. Supreme Court’s June 18 upholding(www.supremecourt.gov) of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program marks an important win for AAFP advocacy. Without DACA, the Academy warned lawmakers in 2017 and told the court last fall, some 200 future physicians would have been left out of a workforce facing serious shortages. In a statement, AAFP President Gary LeRoy, M.D., welcomed the decision, saying it averted a disruption in Americans' access to care.