On March 27, then-President Trump signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
The law allocated $2 trillion for financial relief to small businesses, support for health care workers, getting medical supplies to the front lines, funding research for treatments and vaccines, and stimulating the U.S. economy.
The legislation earmarked $100 billion for hospitals and physicians, and HHS announced the immediate disbursement of the first $30 billion of the CARES Act's $100 billion.
The Academy has been pushing Congress and the administration to deliver what family physicians on the front lines need to care for your patients, keep themselves safe and sustain their practices during the COVID-19 pandemic.
These efforts yielded significant wins through the Families First Coronavirus Response Act; the (CARES) Act and other legislation, including the 2020 year-end deal. Advances for primary care also came through regulatory actions by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that reflected input and advocacy from the Academy, including the following.
Visit your member of Congress’ webpage to receive updates
Find your elected official and visit their webpage to sign up for email alerts.
Add your voice with Speak Out
Use our Speak Out tool to send a message to Congress urging them to provide financial assistance to family physicians during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Participate in a town hall
Many Members of Congress will be holding virtual town halls and are eager to hear from constituents but especially medical professionals. Consider attending and using these talking points developed for AAFP members to raise your concerns about the impact of COVID-19 on family physicians and your patients. To learn about these opportunities, visit your member of Congress’ webpage and sign up for email alerts.
Follow and engage with elected officials and public health leaders on social media
Policymakers are increasingly sharing local updates via social media. We urge you to use this as a resource for important updates. Consider following:
To learn more about what’s happening in your state, view our COVID-19 tracker.
For any questions regarding state advocacy during the COVID-19 pandemic contact the Center for State Policy or your Chapter Executive.
Policymakers want to hear from you!
They are currently organizing forums to better understand how to address our nation’s health care needs. Please call or email your representative and offer to be a resource on health care issues.
Tap into the AAFP’s member resources
The AAFP will continue sharing up-to-the minute updates on organizational activities.