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.

Prepare Your Office and Patients for COVID-19 »

Support Medicaid Payment Increases

Ask the Senate to support legislation that alleviates barriers to care for vulnerable patients by applying the Medicare payment rate floor to Medicaid primary care services.

Telehealth Questions?

Virtual care has quickly become vital in caring for your patients while keeping yourself and your staff safe as the COVID-19 pandemic quickly evolves. Here is what you need to know when providing telehealth services.


Championing public health as the COVID-19 crisis continues, the AAFP in a statement called on Congress to reject the administration's withdrawal from the World Health Organization and, in a separate letter, asked HHS Secretary Alex Azar to "speak up and amplify the critical role" of the CDC while resisting "any efforts that would undermine its mission."


Telehealth flexibilities implemented in response to COVID-19 clearly work and should be made permanent, the Academy and more than 300 other health care organizations told congressional leaders in a June 29 letter(9 page PDF). In separate correspondence, the AAFP advised that any such policy update must support the medical home and discourage fragmentation of care.


The U.S. Supreme Court’s June 18 upholding(www.supremecourt.gov) of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program marks an important win for AAFP advocacy. Without DACA, the Academy warned lawmakers in 2017 and told the court last fall, some 200 future physicians would have been left out of a workforce facing serious shortages. In a statement, AAFP President Gary LeRoy, M.D., welcomed the decision, saying it averted a disruption in Americans' access to care.


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

FamMedPac

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 Stephanie Quinn weighs in on the importance of advocacy and practice enhancement efforts. More >>