Fighting for Family Medicine
Fighting For Family Medicine

The Academy and five peer physician organizations delivered detailed recommendations to lawmakers in Washington, D.C., last week. The Group of 6( called for $50 million in new funding( for public health research on preventing firearm-related morbidity and mortality, and for policy ensuring greater prescription-drug pricing transparency(, among other advocacy priorities.

The AAFP strongly supports the newly introduced Rural Physician Workforce Production Act of 2019 (S. 289)(  In letters(2 page PDF) to the bill's sponsors, the Academy said the law would provide "invaluable new federal support for rural residency training, which will help alleviate physician shortages in rural communities."

The AAFP told(2 page PDF) the House Committee on Energy and Commerce's Subcommittee on Health that three bills under consideration -- 987(, 1010(, and 1143( -- would safeguard key protections for patients of family physicians. The bills are in line with the AAFP's opposition to policies that would reduce patients’ insurance protections.

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 >>