Fighting for Family Medicine
Fighting For Family Medicine

Because it's vital that value-based payment models are built to include independent physician practices, the AAFP is proud to be a founding member of the newly launched Partnership to Empower Physician-Led Care. We're advancing physician-led payment models– like the AAFP's own Advanced Primary Care Alternative Payment Model– and taking on other work to increase Americans' access to care by nurturing a competitive health care market.

Family medicine needs strong allies, and the AAFP and the Health is Primary( campaign are proud to honor two of our strongest champions in Congress(2 page PDF). Representatives Joe Courtney, D-Conn., and David Rouzer, R-N.C., co-founders of the Primary Care Caucus received the inaugural Congressional Primary Care Champion Awards on May 22, along with two staff members. Their work reminds Congress that America needs more investment that supports the great value of primary care.

High out-of-pocket costs have pushed too many patients into an ER-or-bust wellness plan. Congress has a possible remedy: the Primary Care Patient Protection Act, introduced this week. The AAFP strongly endorses the bill, which would require high-deductible plans to cover two primary-care office visits a year, clearing a major financial obstacle for low- and middle-income Americans.

Help Fight for Family Medicine

Family medicine is a worthy fight. Lend your voice to the issues most important to you as a family physician with the AAFP’s Speak Out tool, and access toolkits to help you affect change in your area.

Get involved in advocacy with the AAFP Grassroots Toolkit >>
Unite with your fellow family physicians in the Family Medicine Action Network >>
Reach out to Congress using our Speak Out tool >>

Advocacy By Topic

Stay informed on both state and federal issues using our topic-focused repository. Learn how the AAFP is advancing family medicine via letters and statements on the issues facing family physicians.

Support the Cause


Get involved in the FamMedPAC to help elect candidates who will impact the ongoing fight for family medicine.

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Start with State Advocacy

It all starts with the states: use state-level advocacy tools in both state and federal advocacy efforts. Learn where your state stands related to emerging issues using our interactive map, and get access to toolkits and resources related to state advocacy.  Get involved >>

Track Ongoing Efforts

Keep up with federal and state legislation as developments occur. Learn about the AAFP’s principles of health care reform.

In The Trenches

Subscribe to the In the Trenches blog, where AAFP Senior Vice President Shawn Martin weighs in on the importance of advocacy and practice enhancement efforts. More >>