October 5, 2021, 1:36 p.m. News Staff — The Academy last month called on lawmakers considering the Build Back Better Act to help stabilize the primary care workforce pipeline and improve care for millions of family medicine patients.
The AAFP’s Sept. 23 letter, sent to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., analyzed the House reconciliation bill and outlined a number of sections important to family physicians and their patients.
“If enacted, these provisions will invest in the primary care workforce, improve health equity, increase access to health coverage, address vaccine confidence and strengthen our public health infrastructure,” said the letter, signed by (then) Board Chair Gary LeRoy, M.D., of Dayton, Ohio.
Among the reconciliation bill’s allocation and guidance drawing the Academy’s strong support are
Congress’ work on reconciliation is expected to take several months.