• AAFP Grassroots Advocacy Tools for Responding to COVID-19

    Keep Engaging Federal Policymakers on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

    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.

    Find out how the money is being distributed, who is eligible, and next steps »

    Supporting Family Physicians During the COVID-19 Pandemic

    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.

    Learn more about the Academy's advocacy gains »


    Ways to Get Involved

    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:


    Recent Communications from the AAFP Government Relations Team on COVID-19

    • June 1 – Joint letter to Congress on COVID-19 priorities
    • September 3 – Joint letter to VP on CDC changes regarding COVID-19 testing
    • September 17 – Joint letter to FDA on COVID-19 vaccine approval process
    • September 23 – Joint letter to Sen. Smith on Community Immunity During COVID-19 Act
    • October 20– Joint statement from E/M Coalition on 2021 MPFS implementation
    • October 22 – Joint letter on equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccine
    • October 28 – AAFP letter in support of Small Business PPE Tax Credit Act
    • October 30 – AAFP letter to ACIP on COVID-19 vaccine
    • October 30 – AAFP letter supporting H.R.  8505 and joint letter opposing H.R. 8702
    • November 17 – Joint letter to Operation Warp Speed
    • November 18 – AAFP letter supporting the GET CARE Act
    • November 18 – AAFP letter supporting the SAVE for Seniors Act
    • November 20 – AAFP letter to Sen. Schumer supporting the Protect Our Heroes Act
    • December 1 – Joint letter requesting the Healthcare Workforce Resilience Act be included in the next COVID-19 bill
    • December 3 – Joint letter requesting technical fix to PPP
    • December 16 – AAFP letter with comments on the interim final rule implementing COVID vaccine coverage
    • December 22 – AAFP summary of the year-end COVID-19 funding package
    • December 23 – Joint letter and AAFP letter on COVID-19 vaccine distribution
    • January 22 – Joint letter supporting the Community Immunity During COVID-19 Act
    • January 28 – AAFP letter supporting the Strengthening America's Health Care Readiness Act
    • January 28 – Joint letter supporting the Immunization Infrastructure Modernization Act
    • January 29 – AAFP letter to HECS on COVID-19 vacccines
    • January 29 – AAFP letter to White House urging vaccine distribution to primary care practices
    • February 5 – Joint letter requesting funds for Teaching Health Centers in next COVID package
    • February 11 – AAFP letter to E&C Chairman on budget reconciliation markup
    • March 1 – AAFP testimony on telehealth to E&C Health Subcommittee
    • March 9 – AAFP testimony on the COVID response
    • March 11 – AAFP summary of The American Rescue Plan Act

    Stay updated on state policy

    Governors are:

    • requiring insurers to waive copays and other out-of-pocket expenses for COVID-19 testing;
    • establishing special enrollment periods for state-based exchanges; and 
    • changing Medicaid policies to allow for reimbursement on home visits, virtual consultations, and allowing higher quantity pharmacy refills to limit visits.

    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.

    Be a resource

    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.

    For more information, to go Congress.gov and AAFP Speak Out.


    Want to share your account of what is occurring in your community or practice?

    Email us at policy@aafp.org. This should not be a substitute for engaging in AAFP’s COVID Rapid Response Member Exchange or reaching out to your legislators.

    Tap into the AAFP’s member resources
    The AAFP will continue sharing up-to-the minute updates on organizational activities.