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Friday Jul 23, 2021

What We’re Telling Congress To Do About Medical School Debt

AAFP Senior Vice President of Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Stephanie Quinn writes in the In the Trenches Blog that the AAFP recently reminded lawmakers how forgiving medical school debt is an achievable way to strengthen the physician workforce and improve health equity.


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Posted at 07:00AM Jul 23, 2021 by Stephanie Quinn | Comments [0]

Tuesday Jul 06, 2021

We’ll Take Every Opportunity to Push for Real Health Equity

In recent letters to Congress and the Office of Management and Budget, the Academy again showed leaders the map for improving health equity. All of its roads lead to primary care.


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Posted at 06:00AM Jul 06, 2021 by Stephanie Quinn | Comments [0]

Tuesday Jun 22, 2021

We Can Put More FPs Where They’re Most Needed. Here’s How.

It’s been almost 25 years since Congress added this many Medicare GME residency slots: 1,000. That’s why the AAFP is pushing CMS for rule-making that delivers primary care to more Americans.


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Posted at 06:00AM Jun 22, 2021 by Stephanie Quinn | Comments [0]

Tuesday Jun 08, 2021

Congress Is Listening to Us About Rural Health Care

Two new bills in Congress reflect diligent advocacy by the Academy and its members, but more work remains.


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Posted at 07:00AM Jun 08, 2021 by Stephanie Quinn | Comments [0]

Tuesday May 25, 2021

Chipping Away at the Burdens of Prior Authorization

From supporting Medicare Advantage legislation to offering new testimony about telehealth, the Academy is pushing hard to overhaul prior authorization.


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Posted at 07:00AM May 25, 2021 by Stephanie Quinn | Comments [0]

Wednesday May 12, 2021

Moving in the Right Direction on Menthol

A proposed federal ban on menthol and other cigarette flavors is a big win for AAFP advocacy — and essential to achieving health equity.


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Posted at 07:00AM May 12, 2021 by Stephanie Quinn | Comments [0]

Tuesday Apr 27, 2021

Log In, Fight for Family Medicine, Log Off

This is the last week to register for the AAFP’s all-virtual 2021 Family Medicine Advocacy Summit, which will be held May 18-19.


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Posted at 06:00AM Apr 27, 2021 by Stephanie Quinn | Comments [0]

Tuesday Apr 13, 2021

A Maternal Health Breakthrough and a PCF Model Update

CMS has given Illinois the go-ahead for 12 months’ postpartum Medicaid coverage, reflecting an AAFP advocacy goal.


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Posted at 10:08AM Apr 13, 2021 by Stephanie Quinn | Comments [0]

Wednesday Mar 31, 2021

Strengthening the ACA Starts With Payment Parity

The drumbeat behind the Kids’ Access to Primary Care Act and other legislation to improve the ACA is getting louder. The bill would bring sorely needed improvement to primary care payment.


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Posted at 06:00AM Mar 31, 2021 by Stephanie Quinn | Comments [0]

Thursday Mar 18, 2021

Our Advocacy Is Building Momentum for Primary Care

From passage of the American Rescue Plan Act to a welcome increase in Medicare payment for the COVID-19 vaccines, the AAFP is charting big family medicine wins.


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Posted at 06:45AM Mar 18, 2021 by Stephanie Quinn | Comments [0]

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Stephanie Quinn, AAFP Senior Vice President of Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy.

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