COVID-19: Grassroots Advocacy Tools
Recent AAFP Federal COVID-19 Communications:
- April 17 – Joint letter(3 page PDF) urging Congress to priotize Medicaid in next COVID package.
- April 28 – Joint letter(3 page PDF) to Congress on COVID-19 as it relates to Medicaid and unemployment insurance
- May 7 – AAFP letter(3 page PDF) asking Congress to fund primary care in next COVID package
- May 14 – Joint letter(2 page PDF) to CMS seeking additional relief for ACOs during COVID-19 pandemic
- May 18 – AAFP statement(1 page PDF) on the HEROES Act
- May 19 – Joint letter(2 page PDF) to HHS on Medicaid relief
- May 20 – AAFP letters to House and Senate(2 page PDF) in support of the Medicare Accelerated and Advance Payments Improvements Act
- May 22 – Joint letter(3 page PDF) to HHS on relief for primary care practices
- May 27 – Joint letter(7 page PDF) to Congress in support of COVID-19 liability reforms
- May 28 – AAFP letter(1 page PDF) to Congress in support of the COVID-19 Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities Act
- May 31 – AAFP letter(13 page PDF) to Congress in response to COVID-19 policy changes
- June 1 – Joint letter(5 page PDF) to Congressional leaders on COVID-19 vaccine funding
- June 8 – Joint letter(3 page PDF) urging Congress to support primary care during COVID-19 recovery
- June 9 – Joint letter(5 page PDF) in support of COVID-19 liability reforms
- June 9, 10 – Joint letter(5 page PDF) to Congress and AAFP letter(3 page PDF) to House Ways and Means Committee on COVID-19 and maternal health disparities
- June 24 – Joint letter(4 page PDF) opposing scope of practice expansion to non-health care providers during COVID-19
- June 25 – Joint letter(2 page PDF) to Senate supprorting the Ensuring Access to Primary Care for Women and Children's Act and joint letter(2 page PDF) to Congress on the Provider Relief Fund
Keep Engaging Federal Policymakers on Coronavirus (COVID-19)
On March 27, the President signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act(www.documentcloud.org).
The law allocates $2 trillion for financial relief to small businesses, to support health care workers, to get medical supplies to the front lines, to fund research for treatments and vaccines, and to stimulate the U.S. economy.
The legislation earmarks $100 billion for hospitals and physicians, and HHS has announced the immediate disbursement of the first $30 billion of the CARES Act's $100 billion.
We encourage our members to continue talking directly to their elected officials.
Ways to Get Involved
Visit your member of Congress’ webpage to receive updates
Find your elected official(www.usa.gov) 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(1 page PDF) 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.
Family physicians are on the #frontline of the #CoronavirusPandemic - we need supplies and we need answers asap! @POTUS @realDonaldTrump @Mike_Pence @VP @senatemajldr @SenSchumer @SpeakerPelosi @GOPLeader
Stay updated on state policy
- 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(services.statescape.com).
The Center for State Policy has also created a (3 page PDF)backgrounder which provides policy options for states to address COVID-19 that would be helpful to family physicians and the patients they serve.
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.
Follow AAFP Government Relations staff on Twitter*
- Shawn Martin - @rshawnm(twitter.com)
- Julie Wood, MD, FAAFP - @juliekwoodmd(www.twitter.com)
- Steven Waldren, MD, MS - @techydoc(www.twitter.com)
- Teresa Baker - @treebaa(www.twitter.com)
- Erica Cischke - @ericagracet(www.twitter.com)
- Sonya Clay - @sonyers(www.twitter.com)
*Note: these are personal accounts and do not represent official communications from the AAFP
Want to share your account of what is occurring in your community or practice?
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The AAFP will continue sharing up-to-the minute updates on organizational activities.