Fighting for Family Medicine
Fighting For Family Medicine

Following strong Academy messaging to regulators and collaboration with lawmakers, CMS recently issued a final rule that includes language benefitting primary care physicians and their patients in underserved areas. Medical residents training at critical access hospitals can now be reimbursed by Medicare – a win for the Academy's new Rural Health Matters initiative.

The Academy is voicing its support for the recently introduced Primary Care Enhancement Act of 2019 (H.R. 3708(, which would revise federal tax code to allow patients with health savings accounts to apply that resource toward direct primary care payments. The bill is a significant step forward for the growing DPC model, the AAFP said in a letter praising the legislation.  

The AAFP and its fellow frontline physicians( are calling on the Trump Administration to rescind a new public-charge regulation( that upends decades of settled policy and creates an unacceptable barrier between health care providers and patients. The rule would potentially deter patients from seeking care to which they are lawfully entitled, adding significant new burdens to the U.S. health system while limiting individual access to it.

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 Advocacy 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

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 >>