Fighting for Family Medicine
Fighting For Family Medicine

The AAFP's priorities for federal health care spending are well reflected in the newly signed appropriations act for fiscal year 2019. The Academy is encouraged to see increased funding for agencies advancing primary care research, rural health programs, preventive medicine, and other top advocacy concerns.

The AAFP emphasized four points to CMS in its response to the proposed 2019 Medicare physician fee schedule: pay FPs properly and slash their administrative burden, APMs are the best way to support family medicine, FPs must be free to give patients the best care, and solo and small practices need better support.

The AAFP, as part of the nonpartisan Campaign for Sustainable Rx Pricing, has won the fight to ensure the Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018 does not include a multibillion-dollar bailout of pharmaceutical companies that would have hurt family physicians’ patients.

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.

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

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 >>