Speak Out

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Speak Out

The Power of Your Pen (or Keyboard)

Use your voice. Your words. Your story. We’ve made it easy for you by providing pre-written letters to Congress, but feel free to edit and make your letter your own. Below is a list of active letter campaigns. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact grassroots@aafp.org.

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Tell the FDA You Support a Proposed Rule to Reduce Nicotine in Cigarettes

Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of death and illness in our nation. Every day, family physicians see the devastating impact that smoking has on our patients. The American Academy of Family Physicians applauds the FDA’s decision to gather information on how to best implement a regulation that would reduce nicotine to non-addictive levels in cigarettes.

FDA’s action is an important step toward cutting the addictive power of cigarettes and holds the potential for helping people who smoke to quit. Tell the FDA you support a proposed rule that will limit the amount of nicotine in cigarettes.

Thank Your Representative for Helping Enact the Teaching Health Centers GME Program Extension into Law

Enacted February 9, the Bipartisan Budget Act (BBA) included long-term funding for several primary care programs, such as the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), National Health Service Corps, Community Health Centers, Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program, and the Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education Program.

These programs are vital for increasing health care access, addressing physician shortage challenges, and addressing the needs of vulnerable patients.

The Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education Extension Act’s inclusion in the BBA was particularly important because the bill fully funded the program for two years at $126.5 million– a major increase from the 2015 reauthorization level of $60 million.

More than half of THCGME residents are trained in family medicine, and THC programs have a proven record of retaining physicians in communities where they are needed most. Please contact your representative today to thank them for supporting the Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education Program extension.

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