Fighting for Family Medicine
Fighting For Family Medicine

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.

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Urge Congress to Assist Family Physicians

Join the Academy in stressing to Congress(3 page PDF) that financial support for primary care practices must be a critical component of any comprehensive COVID-19 action plan.

Telehealth Questions?

Read the Academy's latest COVID-19 guidance on implementing and getting paid for virtual care.

The AAFP’s first "Week of Action" ⁠— in which Academy members are using online meetings and social media to lobby their elected officials ⁠— is underway. The message: Stabilize, strengthen and sustain primary care. Take part by joining the FMAN community and make time for an all-member town hall, including members of Congress, at 8 p.m. ET Wednesday, June 3.  

AAFP backs bill to create COVID-19 Racial and Ethnic Disparities Task Force: In a May 28 letter to congressional leaders, the Academy voiced strong support for legislation addressing health inequities that intersect with the pandemic.

Community-based primary care practices, including Medicaid providers, need immediate financial assistance, the Academy and six other medical groups told HHS in a May 19 letter. In a separate letter co-signed by the American College of Physicians, the AAFP called on the agency to target provider relief to primary care physicians(3 page PDF).

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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 at the grassroots level with the AAFP Grassroots Advocacy Resources >>
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.

Join the fight >>

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

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