Fighting for Family Medicine
Fighting For Family Medicine

FDA policy that has emerged from a White House–proposed ban on flavored vape products “allows continued manufacture and sale of menthol e-cigarettes, leaving those who are addicted to menthol products at risk,” AAFP President Gary LeRoy, M.D., said. The Academy called on the FDA to ban menthol and all forms of mixing fruit flavors in e-cigarettes.

The Academy and its fellow Group of Six( members previously applauded the White House decision to remove flavored e-cigarettes, including mint and menthol products, from the market. The frontline physicians also shared their joint principles on tobacco(, encouraging the administration to continue the push against U.S. smoking and the youth e-cigarette epidemic.

The Academy recently called on Congress to protect Americans from surprise medical bills with legislation requiring health plans to count patients’ cost-sharing toward their in-network deductible and out-of-pocket maximum. "Inaction on this important issue is unacceptable," the AAFP told lawmakers.

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 >>
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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

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 >>