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Joint Letter to Congress on Zika Readiness Funding - April 5, 2016

The AAFP joins 67 organizations in a letter urging emergency Zika virus readiness funding.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/strategy/LT-CON-Zika-040516.pdf

AAFP Letter to HHS on Vaccine Distribution - December 23, 2020

The AAFP and its members are concerned that these essential community physicians and their practices have not been incorporated in the COVID-19 vaccine distribution plans. We call on the federal and state governments to take appropriate actions to prioritize community primary care ...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/vaccines/LT-HHS-VaccineDistribution-122320.pdf

Joint Letter to the NGA on Vaccine Distribution - December 23, 2020

The AAFP and its members are concerned that these essential community physicians and their practices have not been incorporated in the COVID-19 vaccine distribution plans. We call on the federal and state governments to take appropriate actions to prioritize community primary care ...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/vaccines/LT-NGA-COVIDVaccineDistribution-122320.pdf

AVAC Support Letter of the Community Immunity During COVID-19 Act - January 22, 2021

AAFP supports the legislation because it would provide funding to develop, scale, and evaluate local initiatives to promote recommended vaccinations during the pandemic, and help address vaccine hesitancy.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/vaccines/LT-SmithUnderwood-AVACSupportCommunityImmunityDuringCOVID19Act-012221.pdf

AAFP Comments on Interim Final Rule Implementing COVID Vaccine Coverage and Other ...

AAFP comments on the 4th COVID Interim Final Rule, including supporting the coverage of COVID-19 vaccines without cost sharing, ensuring equitable vaccine access via increasing immunization Medicare payment rates, and opposing policies that result in loss of benefits, allow for prior ...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/vaccines/LT-HHSDoTDoL-4thCOVIDIFRComments-121620.pdf

AAFP Letter Urging the White House to Distribute Vaccines to Primary Care Practices - ...

The AAFP urged the White House to incorporate primary care practices in COVID-19 vaccine distribution plans and begin immediately sending vaccines to them. Primary care physicians are well equipped to provide the COVID-19 vaccine to their patients safely and efficiently.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/vaccines/LT-WH-RecommendationsImproveCOVIDVaccination-012921.pdf

AAFP Testimony to Senate HELP Committee on COVID Response - March 9, 2021

AAFP in its written testimony shares the family physician perspective and specific policy recommendations for ensuring that our health care system can make a complete recovery from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/vaccines/TS-SenateHELP-COVIDResposnse-030921.pdf

Group of Six Letter to Congress in Support of Black Maternal Health Momnibus Act of ...

The G6 sign-on letter thanks Sen. Booker and Reps. Underwood and Adams for working to reintroduce the Black Maternal Health Momnibus Act in the 117th Congress.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/women/LT-G6-Congress-MomnibusSupport-020721.pdf

Joint Letter to Biden Administration on Mifepristone - March 1, 2021

The AAFP and other leading health organizations call on the Biden administration to eliminate requirements during the pandemic for women to have needless in-person contact when prescribed Mifepristone for pregnancy termination or early miscarriage treatment.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/women/LT-WH-Mifepristone-030121.pdf

AAFP Letter to Senate Supporting the Strengthening America’s Health Care Readiness Act ...

AAFP supports this bill since it addresses the health workforce shortages and disparities highlighted by the COVID-19 pandemic through funding for the National Health Service Corps, as well as the establishment of a NHSC Emergency Service demonstration project.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/workforce/debt/LT-Senate-SupportingStrengtheningAmericasHealthCareReadinessAct-012821.pdf

AAFP Backgrounder: Teaching Health Centers

Background information from the AAFP on Teaching Health Centers..

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/workforce/gme/BKG-TeachingHealthCenters.pdf

AAFP Letter to Senators Tester and Barrasso in Support of the Rural Physician Workforce...

AAFP supports the bill because it would provide invaluable new federal support for rural residency training, which will help alleviate physician shortages in rural communities.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/workforce/gme/LT-Senate-RuralPhysicianWorkforceProductionAct-060221.pdf

Joint Letter to Sen. Murray and Rep. Pallone Supporting the DOC Act - June 2, 2021

AAFP supports the bill because it would permanently extend and expand the Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education (THCGME) program, which has played a vital role in training the next generation of primary care physicians and addressing the physician shortage.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/workforce/gme/LT-SenMurrayRepPallone-DOCAct-060221.pdf

AAFP Letter to Sen. Murray and Rep. Pallone Endorsing the DOC Act - June 2, 2021

AAFP supports the DOC Act because it would permanently extend and expand the Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education (THCGME) program, which has played a vital role in training the next generation of primary care physicians and addressing the physician shortage.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/workforce/gme/LT-SenMurrayRepPallone-EndorsingDOCAct-060221.pdf

AAFP Recommendations to President Biden on Building A Robust Primary Care Workforce - ...

The AAFP sent a letter to the Biden administration detailing recommendations to strengthen the primary care workforce by recruiting and retaining new family medicine physicians.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/workforce/gme/LT-WhiteHouse-AAFPRecommendationsPrimaryCareWorkforce-012921.pdf

AAFP Backgrounder: Scope of Practice of Midwives and Doulas

Scope of Practice of Midwives and Doulas

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/workforce/scope/BKG-Scope-MidwivesDoulas.pdf

AAFP Backgrounder -Scope of Practice: Pharmacists

Background information from the AAFP on scope of practice for pharmacists.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/workforce/scope/BKG-Scope-Pharmacists.pdf

AAFP Response to VHA Health Professionals Scope of Practice IFR - January 7, 2021

A group of physician organizations representing national specialty and state medical societies write in opposition to the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Interim Final Rule, entitled Authority of VA Professionals to Practice Health Care, which permits virtually all VHA-employed ...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/workforce/scope/LT-DVA-VHAHealthProfessionalsScopeInterimFinalRule-010721.pdf

AAFP Letter to Congress in Support of Chiquita Brooks-LaSure for CMS Administrator - ...

Ms. Brooks-LaSure has an established reputation for advancing health care coverage, affordability, and equity. The AAFP shares these priorities and urges the Senate to quickly confirm her as CMS administrator.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/administration/LT-Congress-SupportBrooks-LaSureCMSAdministrator-022521.pdf

AAFP Letter to HHS on Proposed Medicaid and CHIP Managed Care Rule - July 15, 2015

AAFP response to CMS on the Medicaid Managed Care and Children’s Health Insurance Program Programs proposed rule

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/chip/LT-CMS-MedicaidCHIP-071515.pdf

Affordable Coverage Coalition Principles for Extending Coverage and Protecting Patients

These joint principles represent the nation’s physicians, hospitals, employers, and health insurance providers to collectively desire to achieve universal coverage.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/aca/ST-ACCPrinciples.pdf

Joint Letter to CMS on AUC Program - November 27, 2020

The AAFP submitted comments on the intention of Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) to collect information from provider-led entities (PLE) for purposes of the Medicare Appropriate Use Criteria (AUC) Program for advanced diagnostic imaging.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/legal/administrative/LT-CMS-AUCProgram-112720.pdf

AAFP Testimony for Ways and Means Health Subcommittee Hearing on Telehealth - April 28,...

AAFP testimony for Ways and Means Health Subcommittee hearing on telehealth for Aprill 28, 2021.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/health_it/telehealth/TS-WMCmte-Telehealth-042821.pdf

Joint Letter to CMS Requesting 2021 Increases in Vaccine Administration Payment - ...

The AAFP signed onto this letter, submitted by the Adult Vaccine Access Coalition, to request that CMS direct Medicare Administrative Contractors to increase payment for immunization administration in CY 2021.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicare/feesched/LT-CMS-VaccinePaymentIncrease-012221.pdf

AAFP Letter Opposing the 2015 Proposed Part C and D Rule

AAFP letter to CMS opposing provisions of 2015 proposed changes to the Medicare Advantage and the Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit Programs.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicare/LT-CMS-PartCD-022614.pdf

AAFP Letter to CMS on Medicare Part B Drug Payment Model - May 9, 2019

AAFP letter to CMS proposed rule titled, Medicare Program; Part B Drug Payment Model; Proposed Rule

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicare/LT-CMS-MedicareB-050916.pdf

Joint Letter Supporting FY 2022 CDC Appropriations Request - March 1, 2021

AAFP, in conjunction with the CDC Coalition, supports at least $10 billion for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s programs in the FY 2022 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Appropriations bill.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/strategy/LT-AppropriationsCmte-CDCFY2022-030121.pdf

AAFP Letter to Senate HELP Committee in Support of President Obama's Nominee for ...

AAFP Letter in Support of President Obama's Nominee for Surgeon General, Vivek Murthy

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/strategy/LT-Senate-Supporting%20MurthyforSurgeonGeneral-012314.pdf

Joint Letter to Chairman Pallone in Support of THCGME Program Funding - September 13, 2021

The AAFP, as part of the THC Coalition, thanks Chairman Frank Pallone for including $6 billion of funding for the Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education Program.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/workforce/gme/LT-Pallone-BuildBackBetter-091321.pdf

Amicus Brief: Texas v United States - April 1, 2019

In defense of significant coverage gains and key patient protection provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the American Medical Association (AMA) and other leading physician organizations today filed an amicus brief in the case of Texas v. United States.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/amicus_brief/AB-TexasVUS-040119.pdf

Joint Letter to Congress on Value Act in Reconciliation

The AAFP signed onto a letter urging leaders of the Finance and Ways and Means committees to include the Value in Health Care Act of 2021 (H.R. 4587) in the reconciliation bill as a pay-for.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/apms/LT-Congress-ValueActSavings-08242021.pdf

AAFP Backgrounder: Marijuana

Background information from the AAFP on marijuana.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/misc/BKG-Marijuana.pdf

AAFP Letter to DoT on the Diabetes Exemption Program - July 15, 2015

AAFP letter to the Department of Transportation urging they change guidance that does not allow board-certified family physicians to examine applicants and complete the evaluation checklist they need for the Federal Diabetes Exemption Program

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/obesity/LT-DoT-Diabetes-071515.pdf

AAFP Summary of the American Rescue Plan - March 11, 2021

AAFP summary of key provisions of the American Rescue Plan legislation affecting family physicians including funding for public health and vaccine administration, investment in health care workforce programs, incentives for states to expand Medicaid access and ACA insurance subsidies.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/administration/ES-AmericanRescuePlan-031121.pdf

AAFP Summary of the 2021 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule

AAFP summary of the CMS AAFP Summary of the 2021 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicare/AAFP%20Summary%20of%20the%202021%20Medicare%20Physician%20Fee%20Schedule%20Final%20Rule.pdf

Joint Letter Calling for End to Ban on Gun Violence Research - April 6, 2016

The AAFP, along with 141 medical and public health groups, urged Appropriators to end the 1996 ban on CDC gun violence prevention research.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/safety/LT-CON-GunResearch-040616.pdf

AAFP COVID-19 Vaccine Coverage Requirements and Preliminary Payment Guidance

In this document, the AAFP outlnes the COVID-19 vaccine coverage requirements and provides preliminary payment guidance.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/vaccines/ES-COVIDVaccineCoveragePayment-5621.pdf

Group of Six Response to Public Option RFI - July 30, 2021

Response from the Groups of Six on the Public Option RFI.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/aca/LT-G6-PublicOptionRFI-073021.pdf

Frontline Physicians Oppose Legislation That Interferes in or Penalizes Patient Care

In this statement, the Group of Six opposes legislation that interferes in or penalizes patient care as it relates to gender.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/equality/ST-G6-FrontlinePhysiciansOpposeLegislationThatInterferesInOrPenalizesPatientCare-040221.pdf

Letter to Congress Regarding Medicaid Payment Increase

The AAFP signed a joint letter expressing strong support for extending the Medicaid primary care payment increase.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/parity/LT-Congress-Medicaid-Payment-Increase-Extenders-120513.pdf

Joint Letter to President-Elect Biden on Appointing Physicians to Serve in the ...

...December 3, 2020 The Honorable Joe Biden President-Elect United States of America Washington, DC Dear Mr. President-Elect: Our nation and citizens are facing health care challenges on multiple levels. Addressing these challenges will require steadfast leadership from competent and...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/administration/LT-PresidentElectBiden-PhysicianLeadership-120320.pdf

AAFP Backgrounder: Sustain Primary Care

...Sustaining a Viable Primary Care System The COVID-19 pandemic underscores the fact that the fee-for-service (FFS) payment environment has left primary care system ill-equipped to fulfill its role maintaining the health and well-being of patients. As the public health emergency began,...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/campaigns/action_week/BKG-SustainPrimaryCare.pdf

AAFP Response to CMS on the Part C and D Proposed Rule - January 25, 2019

...January 25, 2019 Seema Verma, Administrator Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Department of Health and Human Services Attention: CMS-4180-P P.O. Box 8013 Baltimore, MD 21244-8013 Dear Administrator Verma: On behalf of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), which...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/aca/LT-CMS-CDOutPocketCost-012519.pdf

AAFP Letter on the Proposed Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2021 - March ...

...March 2, 2020 Seema Verma, Administrator Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Attention: CMS-9916-P P.O. Box 8016 Baltimore, MD 21244-8016 Dear Administrator Verma: On behalf of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), which represents 134,600 family physicians and...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/aca/LT-CMS-NoticeBenefitPaymentParameters-030220.pdf

Joint Letter to CMS Regarding Proposed Exchange Program Integrity Rule - January 8, 2019

...January 8, 2019 Alex M. Azar II Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration 200 Independence Avenue SW Washington, DC 20201 RE: CMS-9922-P: Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; Exchange Program...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/aca/LT-CMS-PhysicianGroupExchangeProgramIntegrity-010819.pdf

Joint Letter to CMS on the Part C and D Proposed Rule - January 25, 2019

...January 25, 2019 The Honorable Seema Verma Administrator Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Department of Health and Human Services 200 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, DC 20201 Dear Administrator Verma, The undersigned organizations...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/aca/LT-CMS-ProtectedClassesSignOnLetter-012519.pdf

AAFP Letter for EandC Subcommittee on Health on ACA and Drug Pricing Bills Markup - ...

...March 27, 2019 The Honorable Anna Eshoo Chairperson House Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health Washington, DC 20515 The Honorable Michael Burgess, MD Ranking Member House Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health Washington, DC 20515 Dear...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/aca/LT-E&C-ACADrugPricing-03272019.pdf

Letter to EandC Full Committee Chairs on Health Care Access Bills - April 3, 2019

...April 3, 2019 The Honorable Frank Pallone Chair House Committee on Energy and Commerce Washington, DC 20515 The Honorable Greg Walden Ranking Member House Committee on Energy and Commerce Washington, DC 20515 Dear Chairman Pallone and Ranking Member Walden: On behalf of the...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/aca/LT-ECComm-HealthCareAccessBills-040319.pdf

AAFP Letter to EandC Health Subcommittee on Drug Pricing Bills - March 13, 2019

...March 13, 2019 The Honorable Anna Eshoo Chairperson House Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health Washington, DC 20515 The Honorable Michael Burgess, MD Ranking Member House Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health Washington, DC 20515 Dear...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/aca/LT-ECHealthSub-DrugPricing-031319.pdf

AAFP Response to RFI on Grandfathered Plans - March 22, 2019

...March 22, 2019 Alex M. Azar II, Secretary Department of Health and Human Services Attention: CMS-9923-NC P.O. Box 8013 Baltimore, MD 21244-1850 Dear Secretary Azar: On behalf of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), which represents 131,400 family physicians and medical...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/aca/LT-HHS-GrandfatheredPRFI-032219.pdf

AAFP Response to HHS RFI on Insurance Coverage Across State Lines - May 1, 2019

...May 1, 2019 Alex M. Azar II, Secretary Department of Health and Human Services Attention: CMS-9921-NC P.O. Box 8016 Baltimore, MD 21244-8016 Dear Secretary Azar: On behalf of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), which represents 134,600 family physicians and medical...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/aca/LT-HHS-InsuranceAcrossStateLines050119.pdf

AAFP Response to HHS on the Draft Benefit and Payment Perimeters for 2020 - February ...

...February 19, 2019 Alex M. Azar II Secretary Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Department of Health and Human Services Attention: CMS-9926-P P.O. Box 8016 Baltimore, MD 21244-8016 Dear Secretary Azar: On behalf of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), which...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/aca/LT-HHS-NoticeBenefitPaymentParameters2020-021919.pdf

AAP Letter to the House EandC Committee’s Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee ...

...April 9, 2019 The Honorable Diane DeGette Chair House Energy and Commerce Committee Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations Washington, DC 20515 The Honorable Brett Guthrie Ranking Member, House Energy and Commerce Committee Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/aca/LT-HouseECOversight-InsulinPrices040919.pdf

AAFP Letter to HHS in Response to the Transparency in Coverage Proposed Rule - January ...

...January 29, 2020 Sunita Lough, Deputy Commissioner for Services and Enforcement Internal Revenue Service 1111 Constitution Ave NW Washington, DC 20224 Preston Rutledge, Assistant Secretary Employee Benefits Security Administration Department of Labor 200 Constitution Ave NW Washington,...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/aca/LT-HHS-TransparencyCoverage-012920.pdf

AAFP Letter Supporting Representative Schneider on the Primary Care Patient Protection ...

...May 21, 2018 The Honorable Brad Schneider U.S. House of Representatives 1432 Longworth House Office Building Washington, DC 20515 Dear Congressman Schneider: On behalf of the American Academy of Family Physicians and the 131,400 family physicians and medical students we represent, thank...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/aca/LT-PrimaryCarePatientProtectionAct%202018-RepSchneider-052118.pdf

AAFP Letter Supporting Representative Stefanik on the Primary Care Patient Protection ...

...May 21, 2018 The Honorable Elise Stefanik U.S. House of Representatives 318 Cannon House Office Building Washington, DC 20515 Dear Congresswoman Stefanik: On behalf of the American Academy of Family Physicians and the 131,400 family physicians and medical students we represent,...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/aca/LT-PrimaryCarePatientProtectionAct%202018-RepStefanik-052118.pdf

Joint Letter to Rep. Schrier for the Helping Families Access Pediatric Care Act - ...

...October 15, 2020 The Honorable Kim Schrier U.S. House of Representatives Washington, DC 20515 Dear Congresswoman Schrier: The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Children’s Hospital Association (CHA), on behalf of the physicians...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/aca/LT-RepSchrier-HelpingFamiliesAccessPediatricCareAct-101520.pdf

AAFP Letter to Senators Graham, Cassidy, Heller, and Johnson on the GCHJ Proposal - ...

...September 20, 2017 The Honorable Lindsey Graham The Honorable Bill Cassidy United States Senate United States Senate Washington, DC 20510 Washington, DC 20510 The Honorable Dean Heller The Honorable Ron Johnson United States Senate United States Senate Washington, DC 20510 Washington,...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/aca/LT-SenatorsGrahamCassidyHeller%20ohnson-GCHJProposal-092017.pdf

AAFP Letter Supporting Senator King on the Primary Care Patient Protection Act of 2019 ...

...November 6, 2019 The Honorable Angus King U.S. Senate Washington, DC 20510 Dear Senator King: On behalf of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) and the 134,600 members we represent, I write to offer our support for the Primary Care Patient Protection Act of 2019. Your...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/aca/LT-SenKing-PCPPA-110619.pdf

Group of 6 Joint Statement on Suspension of Risk Adjustment Payments - July 11, 2018

...For Immediate Release: July 11, 2018 Media contacts: American Academy of Family Physicians Leslie Champlin | 800-274-2237, Ext. 5224 | lchampli@aafp.org American Academy of Pediatrics Devin Miller | 202-724-3308 | dmiller@aap.org American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Megan...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/aca/ST-G6-SuspensionRiskAdjustmentPayments-071118.pdf

Joint Letter Opposing Efforts to Repeal the Individual Mandate - November 14, 2017

...America’s Frontline Physicians Oppose Efforts to Eliminate the Individual Mandate Our organizations, which represent more than 560,000 physicians and medical students, strongly support policies that ensure every American has access to affordable health coverage. We are concerned that...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/aca/ST-IndividualMandateRepeal-SenateTaxReform-111417.pdf

Joint Letter to Congress Leadership Urging CHIP Refunding - January 10, 2018

...January 10, 2018 The Honorable Mitch McConnell The Honorable Chuck Schumer United States Senate United States Senate Washington, DC 20510 Washington, DC 20510 The Honorable Paul Ryan The Honorable Nancy Pelosi United States House of Representatives United States...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/chip/LT-CongressLeadership-CHIP-011018.pdf

AAFP Backgrounder: Health Insurance Marketplaces

...HEALTH INSURANCE MARKETPLACES The Affordable Care Act (ACA) introduced a number of reforms to ensure greater access to health insurance for all Americans. The ACA’s Health Insurance Marketplaces provide a comprehensive one- stop resource for consumers to research insurance plans,...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/insurance/BKG-Exchanges.pdf

AAFP Letter to Speak Ryan and Minority Leader Pelosi on CHIP Reauthorization - November...

...November 2, 2017 The Honorable Paul Ryan Speaker U.S. House of Representatives Washington, DC 20515 The Honorable Nancy Pelosi Minority Leader U.S. House of Representatives Washington, DC 20515 Dear Speaker Ryan and Democratic Leader Pelosi: On behalf of the American Academy of...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/chip/LT-SpeakerRyanMinorityLeaderPelosi-CHIPReauthorization-110217.pdf

AAFP Backgrounder: Medicaid Work Requirements

...MEDICAID WORK REQUIREMENTS AAFP Position The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) has long advocated for preserving and strengthening Medicaid, a program upon which many vulnerable Americans rely. Recent efforts to impose work requirements on Medicaid beneficiaries conflict...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/medicaid/BKG-MedicaidWorkRequirements.pdf

AAFP Government Relations Summary of the Balanced Budget Act of 2018 - February 12, 2018

...Government Relations Summary: Balanced Budget Act of 2018 After a brief government shutdown, on February 9, 2018, the Senate and House passed the Bipartisan Budget Act (BBA18, Public Law 115-123), funding the government through March 23, 2018. The spending package was strongly...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/medicaid/ES-GRBillSummaryBBA2018-021218.pdf

AAFP Response to HHS and DOT Guidance on Section 1332 Waivers - December 19, 2018

...December 19, 2018 Alex M. Azar II, Secretary U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 200 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, DC 20201 David J. Kautter, Assistant Secretary for Tax Policy Department of Treasury 1111 Constitution Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20224 Dear Secretary Azar...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/medicaid/LT-CMS-1332Waivers-121918.pdf

AAFP Letter to CMS on Methods for Assuring Access to Covered Medicaid Services - ...

...September 11, 2019 Seema Verma, Administrator Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Department of Health and Human Services Attention: CMS-2406-P P.O. Box 8016 Baltimore, MD 21244-8016 Dear Administrator Verma: On behalf of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), which...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/medicaid/LT-CMS-MedicaidAccess-091119.pdf

Partnership for Medicaid Letter on COVID Package Priorities - April 17, 2020

...April 17, 2020 The Honorable Nancy Pelosi Speaker U.S. House of Representatives Washington, DC 20515 The Honorable Kevin McCarthy Minority Leader U.S. House of Representatives Washington, DC 20515 The Honorable Mitch McConnell Majority Leader U.S. Senate Washington, DC 20510 The...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/medicaid/LT-Congress-COVIDMedicaid-041720.pdf

Joint Letter to Congress in Support of an Increased Medicaid FMAP and Suspension of ...

...July 10, 2020 The Honorable Mitch McConnell Majority Leader, United States Senate U.S. Capitol Building, Room S-230 Washington, DC 20510 The Honorable Chuck Schumer Minority Leader, United States Senate U.S. Capitol Building, Room S-224 Washington, DC 20510...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/medicaid/LT-Congress-IncreasedMedicaidFMAP-071020.pdf

AAFP to DHS Expressing Concern on the Public Charge Proposed Rule - December 3, 2018

...December 3, 2018 Kirstjen M. Nielsen, Secretary Department of Homeland Security 20 Massachusetts Ave., NW Washington, DC 20529-2140 Dear Secretary Nielsen: On behalf of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), which represents 131,400 family physicians and medical students...

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/medicaid/LT-DHS-PublicCharge-120318.pdf

AAFP and Territory Chapter Letter to EandC Health Subcommittee on U.S. Territory ...

...June 19, 2019 The Honorable Anna Eshoo Chairwoman House Committee on Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee Washington, DC 20515 The Honorable Michael Burgess, MD Ranking Member House Committee on Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee Washington, DC 20515 Dear Chairwoman Eshoo...

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/medicaid/LT-ECHealth-MedicaidTerritoryFunding-061919.pdf

Group of Six Statement on Medicaid Work Requirements - January 12, 2018

...America’s Frontline Physicians: Statement on Medicaid Work Requirements Washington (January 12, 2018)-On behalf of the more than 560,000 physicians and medical students represented by the combined memberships of our organizations, we strongly urge the Centers for Medicare and...

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/medicaid/ST-Group6-MedicaidWorkRequirements-011218.pdf

AAFP Backgrounder: Section 1135 Waivers

...SECTION 1135 WAIVERS What is a Section 1135 Waiver? Section 1135 of the Social Security Act allows the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to temporarily waive or modify certain Medicare, Medicaid, Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) or Health Insurance...

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/medicare/BKG-Section1135Waivers.pdf

AAFP Response to the CMS Proposed Rule on 2020 Part C/D - December 20, 2018

...December 20, 2018 Seema Verma, Administrator Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Department of Health and Human Services Attention: CMS-4185-P P.O. Box 8013 Baltimore, MD 21244-8013 Dear Administrator Verma: On behalf of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), which...

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/medicare/LT-CMS-2020PartCDProposedRule-122018.pdf

AAFP Response to CMS on the 2021 and 2022 Part C and Part D Proposed Rule - April 6, 2020

...April 6, 2020 Seema Verma, Administrator Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Department of Health and Human Services Attention: CMS-4190-P P.O. Box 8013 Baltimore, MD 21244-8013 Dear Administrator Verma: On behalf of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), which...

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/medicare/LT-CMS-2021PartCD-040620.pdf

AAFP Letter to CMS on Drug Pricing Transparency - December 12, 2018

...December 12, 2018 Alex M. Azar II, Secretary Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Department of Health and Human Services Attention: CMS-4187-P P.O. Box 8013 Baltimore, MD 21244-8013 Dear Secretary Azar: On behalf of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), which...

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/medicare/LT-CMS-DrugTransparency-121218.pdf

AAFP Letter to CMS on Acupuncture for Low-back Pain - August 7, 2019

...August 7, 2019 Tamara Syrek Jensen, JD, Director, Coverage and Analysis Group Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Department of Health and Human Services 7500 Security Blvd., Mail Stop S3-02-01 Baltimore, MD 21244-1850 Dear Director Jensen: On behalf of the American Academy of...

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/medicare/LT-CMS-Acupuncture-080719.pdf

AAFP Letter to HHS Requesting Information on Drug Prices - July 16, 2018

...July 16, 2018 Alex M. Azar II, Secretary U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 200 Independence Ave. SW, Room 600E Washington, DC 20201 Dear Secretary Azar: On behalf of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), which represents 131,400 family physicians and medical...

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/medicare/LT-HHS-DrugPrices-071618.pdf

AAFP Testimony to House Appropriations Labor HHS on FY 2020 Priorities - March 28, 2019

...John Cullen, MD, FAAFP-President, American Academy of Family Physicians Written Testimony to the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies - Fiscal Year 2020 The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP)...

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/medicare/TS-HouseAppLabor-FY2020Priorities-032819.pdf

Joint Letter to CMS on ACO Provisions in Two IFCs - May 14, 2020

...1 May 14, 2020 Ms. Seema Verma Administrator Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Hubert H. Humphrey Building 200 Independence Avenue, S.W. Washington, DC 20201 Re: Supporting ACOs in Response to COVID-19 (CMS-1744-IFC and...

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/delivery/acos/LT-CMS-COVIDIFCs-051420.pdf

Joint Letter to CMS on the MSSP Application Date - January 18, 2018

...January 18, 2019 The Honorable Seema Verma Administrator Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Hubert H. Humphrey Building, Room 445-G 200 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, DC 20201 Re: Extending the Medicare Shared Savings Program...

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/delivery/acos/LT-CMS-MSSPAppDeadline-011819.pdf

Letter to Senate HELP Committee on Innovation - November 28, 2018

...November 28, 2018 The Honorable Lamar Alexander The Honorable Patty Murray Chairman, U.S. Senate Committee on Ranking Member, U.S. Senate Committee Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Washington, DC 20510 Washington, DC 20510 Dear Chairman...

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/delivery/acos/LT-SenateHELP-HealthCareInnovationHearing-112818.pdf

Joint Letter to Senators Cortez Masto and Roberts on the Rural ACO Improvement Act ...

...October 22, 2019 The Honorable Catherine Cortez Masto United States Senate 516 Hart Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510 The Honorable Pat Roberts United States Senate 109 Hart Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510 Dear Senators Cortez Masto and Roberts, On behalf...

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/delivery/acos/LT-SensCortezMastoRoberts-RuralGlitch-10222019.pdf

Joint Letter to CMS Urging Accelerated CPC+ Payments During COVID-19 Pandemic - March ...

...March 29, 2020 The Honorable Seema Verma Administrator Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services US Department of Health and Human Services Hubert H. Humphrey Building 200 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, DC 20201 The Honorable Brad Smith Deputy Administrator and Director...

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/delivery/medhome/LT-CMS-CPCPlusAdvancement-032920.pdf

AAFP Response to CMS on Using Advanced Technology in Program Integrity - November 20, 2019

...November 20, 2019 Alec Alexander, Deputy Administrator and Director Center for Program Integrity Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Department of Health and Human Services 200 Independence Avenue SW Washington, DC 20201 Dear Deputy Administrator Alexander: On behalf of the...

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/health_it/emr/LT-CMS-UsingAdvTechProgramIntegriy-112019.pdf

AAFP Response to CMS on Ruture of Program Integrity - November 20, 2019

...November 20, 2019 Alec Alexander, Deputy Administrator and Director Center for Program Integrity Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Department of Health and Human Services 200 Independence Avenue SW Washington, DC 20201 Dear Deputy Administrator Alexander: On behalf of the...

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/health_it/emr/LT-CMS-FutureProgramIntegrity-112019.pdf

AAFP Letter to HHS on the Interoperability and Patient Access Proposed Rule - June 3, 2019

...June 3, 2019 Alex M. Azar II, Secretary Department of Health and Human Services Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology Mary E. Switzer Building Mail Stop: 7033A 330 C Street SW Washington, DC 20201 Dear Secretary Azar: On behalf of the American Academy of...

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/health_it/emr/LT-HHS-Interoperability-060319.pdf

AAFP Letter to OCR Regarding Burdens Associated with HIPAA Privacy and Security ...

...February 12, 2019 Alex M. Azar II, Secretary U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights Attention: RFI, RIN 0945-AA00 Hubert H. Humphrey Building, Room 509F 200 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20201 Dear Secretary Azar: On behalf of the American Academy...

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/health_it/emr/LT-OCR-HIPAA-RFI-021219.pdf

Joint Letter to ONC on Information Blocking - August 6, 2018

...August 6, 2018 Donald Rucker, MD National Coordinator Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology Department of Health and Human Services 330 C St SW, Floor 7 Washington, DC 20201 Daniel R. Levinson Inspector General Department of Health and Human Services...

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/health_it/emr/LT-ONC-InfoBlocking-080618.pdf

AAFP Letter to ONC on EHR Administrative Burdens - January 28, 2019

...January 28, 2019 Donald Rucker, MD, National Coordinator for Health IT Department of Health and Human Services Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology Mary E. Switzer Building Mail Stop: 7033A 330 C Street SW Washington, DC 20201 Dear Dr. Rucker: On behalf...

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/health_it/emr/LT-ONC-RegRelief-012819.pdf

AAFP to ONC on the EHR Reporting Program - October 17, 2018

...October 17, 2018 Donald Rucker, MD, National Coordinator for Health IT Department of Health and Human Services Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology Attention: EHR Reporting Program Request for Information Mary E. Switzer Building Mail Stop: 7033A 330 C...

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/health_it/emr/LT-ONC-RFI-101718.pdf

AAFP Letter to SAMHSA on Confidentiality of Substance Use Disorder in Patient Records -...

...October 21, 2019 Elinore F. McCance-Katz, Assistant Secretary Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Department of Health and Human Services Attention: SAMHSA-Deepa Avula 5600 Fishers Lane, Room 17E41 Rockville, MD 20857. Dear Assistant Secretary McCance-Katz: On...

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/health_it/emr/LT-SAMHSA-ConfidentialitySubstanceUseDisorderPatientRecords-102119.pdf

Joint Letter to CMS on Payment Concerns Regarding Telephone Calls During COVID-19 ...

...April 8, 2020 Seema Verma Administrator Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 200 Independence Avenue SW Washington, DC 20201 Dear Administrator Verma: The undersigned organizations applaud the actions taken by CMS to date to...

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/health_it/telehealth/LT-CMS-PaymentConcernsRegardingTelephoneCalls-040820.pdf

AAFP Letter to CMS Asking for Telehealth Codes to be Added to Medicare Program - March ...

...March 26, 2020 The Honorable Seema Verma Administrator Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Washington, DC 20201 Dear Administrator Verma: As the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic continues to spread and more Americans become infected with the COVID-19 virus, it is imperative that our...

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/health_it/telehealth/LT-CMS-TelephoneVisitCodes-032520.pdf

Joint Letter to DEA on Special Telehealth Regulations - October 26, 2020

...October 26, 2020 The Honorable Timothy Shea Acting Administrator Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Lincoln Place-West, 700 Army Navy Drive Arlington, VA 22202 Dear Administrator Shea: The undersigned organizations write to encourage the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)...

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/health_it/telehealth/LT-DEA-SpecialTelemedicineRegistration-102620.pdf

AAFP Letter to the FCC on a Proposed Pilot for Telehealth - August 28, 2019

...August 28, 2019 Marlene Dortch, Secretary FCC Headquarters 445 12th St. SW Room TW-A325 Washington, DC 20554 Dear Secretary Dortch: On behalf of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), which represents 134,600 family physicians and medical students across the country, I write...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/health_it/telehealth/LT-FCC-TelehealthPilot-082819.pdf

AAFP Letter to the FCC on Telehealth in Rural America - January 31, 2018

...January 31, 2018 Secretary Marlene H. Dortch FCC Reference Center, Room CY-A257 445 12th Street SW Washington, DC 20554 Re: Promoting Telehealth in Rural America, WC Docket No. 17-310 Dear Secretary Dortch: On behalf of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), which represents...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/health_it/telehealth/LT-FCC-RuralTelehealth-013118.pdf

AAFP Statement - Health Insurance Companies Need to Expand Coverage and Payment of ...

...AAFP Calls on Health Insurance Companies to Expand Coverage and Payment of Telehealth, Virtual Check-ins and E-visits The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) calls on Congress to require that all health insurance plans, including employer-sponsored plans regulated by the...

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/health_it/telehealth/ST-TelemedicineVirtualCareCoveragePayment-031720.pdf

AAFP Letter supporting Telehealth Expansion Act - July 22, 2020

...July 22, 2020 The Honorable Ron Wyden U.S. Senate Washington, DC 20510 Dear Senator Wyden: On behalf of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), which represents 136,700 family physicians and medical students across the country, I write to share our organization’s support for...

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/health_it/telehealth/LT-Wyden-TelehealthExpansionAct-072220.pdf

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