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Joint Letter to HHS and CMS Calling for a Prospective Payment Model for Physicians - ...

...March 26, 2020 The Honorable Alex Azar II Secretary U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Hubert H. Humphrey Building 200 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, DC 20201 The Honorable Seema Verma Administrator Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services US Department of Health and...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/crisis/LT-HHS-CMS-PeriodicInterimPayments-032620.pdf

Joint Letter to HHS on Equitable COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution - October 22, 2020

...October 22, 2020 Alex M. Azar Secretary U.S. Department of Health and Human Services ADM Brett P. Giroir, M.D., Assistant Secretary for Health U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Robert R. Redfield, MD Director Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Stephen M. Hahn...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/vaccines/LT-HHS-EquitableVaccineDistribution-102220.pdf

Joint Letter to HHS on Financial Relief Need for Medicaid Physicians During COVID-19 - ...

...1 April 28, 2020 Alex M. Azar II Secretary U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 200 Independence Avenue SW Washington, DC 20201 Re: Financial Relief for Obstetrician-Gynecologists, Pediatricians, and Family Physicians Dear Secretary Azar: On behalf of the...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicare/LT-HHS-COVIDReliefFunds-042820.pdf

Joint Letter to HHS on Medicaid Postpartum Coverage - February 5, 2021

Joint letter of support urging HHS to approve pending section 1115 demonstration waivers to expand Medicaid postpartum coverage.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/medicaid/LT-HHS-PostpartumCoverageSec1115Waivers-020521.pdf

Joint Letter to HHS on Medicaid Relief During COVID-19 Pandemic - May 19, 2020

...May 19, 2020 The Honorable Alex Azar Secretary Department of Health and Human Services Washington, DC 20201 Dear Secretary Azar: Community-based, primary care is the foundation for ensuring our health care system delivers accessible, high-quality, affordable care. Primary care...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicaid/LT-HHS-PrimaryCareFundingPriority-051920.pdf

Joint Letter to HHS on Protected Drug Classes in Medicare Part D Modernization Model - ...

Medicare’s protected drug classes are essential to ensuring that Medicare beneficiaries can access the medications they need. We urge CMS to maintain the protected drug classes in the Part D Modernization model and withdraw recently announced flexibilities.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/medicare/LT-HHS-ProtectedClasses-022521.pdf

Joint Letter to HHS on Protecting and Improving Medicare for our Nation’s Seniors ...

...October 29, 2019 The Honorable Alex M. Azar II Secretary U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Hubert H. Humphrey Building, Room 509F 200 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, DC 20201 Dear Secretary Azar: The undersigned organizations represent the hundreds of thousands of...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/workforce/scope/LT-HHS-ProtectingImprovingMedicareSeniorsEO-102919.pdf

Joint Letter to HHS on Race and Ethnicity Data Collection During COVID-19 Pandemic - ...

...April 3, 2020 The Honorable Alex Azar Secretary U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 200 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, DC 20201 Re: Data Collection and Public Release by HHS Agencies of COVID-19 Testing, Hospitalization, and Mortality by Race...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/crisis/LT-HHS-RaceEthnicityDataCollection-040320.pdf

Joint Letter to House and Senate Leadership on Extending Expired Health Care Programs ...

...January 29, 2018 The Honorable Paul Ryan The Honorable Mitch McConnell Speaker Majority Leader U.S. House of Representatives United States Senate Washington, DC 20515 Washington, DC 20510 The Honorable Nancy Pelosi The Honorable Charles Schumer Minority Leader Minority Leader U.S. House...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/medicaid/LT-HouseSenateLeadership-ExtendersPackage-012918.pdf

Joint Letter to House and Senate Leadership on Gun Reform - September 5, 2019

...September 5, 2019 The Honorable Nancy Pelosi The Honorable Mitch McConnell Speaker Majority Leader U.S. House of Representatives U.S. Senate Washington, DC 20515 Washington, DC 20510 The Honorable Kevin McCarthy The Honorable Charles Schumer Minority Leader...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/safety/LT-Congress-GunReform-090519.pdf

Joint Letter to House in Support of the Eliminating the Provider Relief Fund Tax ...

AAFP, along with others, support the legislation since it removes the negative tax implications for Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund recipients by ensuring that all Provider Relief Fund assistance is not taxable, while maintaining that expenses tied to this assistance ...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/crisis/LT-House-EliminatingProviderReliefFundTaxPenaltiesAct-041921.pdf

Joint Letter to House in Support of Value in Health Care Act - July 20, 2021

Fourteen health groups support the Value in Health Care Act, legislation to strengthen Medicare value-based payment models and encourage greater physician participation.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/apms/LT-House-ValueAct-072021.pdf

Joint Letter to House on CDC GVP Research Funding - February 21, 2019

...February 21, 2019 Chairwoman Nita M. Lowey Ranking Member Kay Granger U.S. House of Representatives U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations Committee on Appropriations Washington, DC 20515 Washington, DC 20515 Chairwoman Rosa DeLauro Ranking...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/safety/LT-House-CDC-GVPResearchFunding-022119.pdf

Joint Letter to House on PCORI Reauthorization - May 13, 2019

...May 13, 2019 The Honorable Frank Pallone Chairman House Committee on Energy and Commerce 2125 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, DC 20515 The Honorable Greg Walden Ranking Member House Committee on Energy and Commerce 2322-A Rayburn House Office Building Washington, DC 20515...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/research/pcori/LT-House-PCORIReauthorization-051319.pdf

Joint Letter to House on Smoke-Free VHA Facilities - June 7, 2021

AAFP and other organizations sent a letter to Reps. Wenstrup and Underwood in support their legislation to make Veterans Health Administration (VHA) facilities fully smoke-free.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/tobacco/LT-House-SmokeFreeVHA-060721.pdf

Joint Letter to House Reps Supporting the Kids Access to Primary Care Act - March 16, 2021

The AAFP supports the Kids Access to Primary Care Act, which would raise Medicaid payment for preventative pediatric care and increase access and availability of services without cost-sharing.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/medicaid/LT-House-KidsAccessPrimaryCareAct-031621.pdf

Joint Letter to Military Committees on FY 2020 NDAA - July 19, 2019

...July 19, 2019 The Honorable James Inhofe, Chairman The Honorable Jack Reed, Ranking Member Senate Armed Services Committee Senate Armed Services Committee 228 Russell Senate Office Building 228 Russell Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510 Washington, DC 20510...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/workforce/gme/LT-DoD-SupportingHouseNDAASection716-071919.pdf

Joint Letter to National Council on State Boards of Nursing regarding APRN Compact - ...

...May 10, 2018 Katherine Thomas, MN, RN, FAAN President National Council of State Boards of Nursing 111 East Wacker Drive Suite 2900 Chicago, IL 60601 Dear Ms. Thomas: The undersigned organizations, representing national specialty and state medical societies, are writing to request that...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/workforce/scope/LT-NCSBN-APRNCompact-051018.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...

Advocacy

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

Joint Letter to Operation Warp Speed - November 17, 2020

...November 17, 2020 Alex Azar, JD Chris Miller Secretary Acting Secretary U.S. Department of Health and Human Services U.S. Department of Defense Moncef Slaoui, MD General Gustave F. Perna Chief Advisor Chief Operating Officer Operation Warp Speed Operation...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/vaccines/LT-OWS-VaccineDeployment-111720.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

Joint Letter to Rep DelBene in Support of Seniors Chronic Care Management Improvement ...

The AAFP and other organizations endorsed legislation to remove the patient cost-sharing obligations from the Chronic Care Management (CCM) code, benefitting potentially millions of chronically ill Medicare beneficiaries.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/medicare/LT-DelBene-SeniorsCCMImprovementAct-072921.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

Joint Letter to Reps. Bera and Buschon Opposing the Holding Providers Harmless from ...

...October 30, 2020 The Honorable Ami Bera, M.D. The Honorable Larry Bucshon, M.D. U.S. House of Representatives U.S. House of Representatives Washington, DC 20515 Washington, DC 20515 Dear Reps. Bera and Bucshon, On behalf of the undersigned organizations...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicare/feesched/LT-Congress-OpposingHR8702-103020.pdf

Joint Letter to Sec. Tom Price on FDA Deeming Rule - May 17, 2017

...May 17, 2017 The Honorable Thomas E. Price, M.D. Secretary U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Hubert H. Humphrey Building 200 Independence Avenue, S.W. Washington, D.C. 20201 Dear Secretary Price: We write to express our concern that the...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/tobacco/LT-HHS-FDADeeming-051717.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

Joint Letter to Senate Committee of Appropirations on FY20 Title X - July 3, 2019

...July 3, 2019 Senator Richard Shelby Chairman Senate Committee of Appropriations Washington, D.C. 20510 Senator Roy Blunt Chairman Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Washington, D.C. 20510 Senator Patrick Leahy Vice Chairman Senate...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/women/LT-SenAppropriationsSub-FY20TitleX-070319.pdf

Joint Letter to Senate on CDC GVP Research Funding - February 21, 2019

...February 21, 2019 Chairman Richard Shelby Vice Chairman Patrick Leahy U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations Washington, DC 20510 Washington, DC 20510 Chairman Roy Blunt Ranking Member Patty Murray Subcommittee on Labor,...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/safety/LT-Senate-CDC-GVPResearchFunding-0221019.pdf

Joint Letter to Senate on Smoke-Free VHA Facilities - June 7, 2021

AAFP and other organizations sent a letter to Sens. Durbin and Collins in support their legislation to make Veterans Health Administration (VHA) facilities fully smoke-free.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/tobacco/LT-Senate-SmokeFreeVHA-060721.pdf

Joint Letter to Senate on the Equality Act - May 13, 2021

The AAFP joins other primary care orgs to express support for the Act, which will provide affirmative, statutory nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ Americans both in the workplace and in the community.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/equality/LT-Senate-EqualityAct-051321.pdf

Joint Letter to Senate Pressing Support for Gun Violence Research - March 25, 2021

The organizations in this letter believe gun violence is a national public health epidemic and stand for non-biased, evidence-based research to help identify policy solutions to this crisis.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/safety/LT-Senate-GunResearch-032521.pdf

Joint Letter to Senate Supporting the Quit Because of COVID-19 Act- August 13, 2020

...August 13, 2020 The Honorable Tom Carper United States Senate Washington, DC 20510 Dear Senator Carper: We write in strong support of S. 4524, the Quit Because of COVID-19 Act, legislation that will ensure that all Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/tobacco/LT-Senate-QuitBecauseCOVID19Act-081320.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...

Advocacy

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

Joint Letter to the FDA Calling for Public Disclosure of E-cig Applications - April 23,...

...1 April 23, 2020 Dr. Stephen Hahn, M.D. Commissioner U.S. Food and Drug Administration 10903 New Hampshire Ave. Silver Spring, MD 20993-0002 RE: Disclosure of Tobacco Products for Which Premarket Applications Filed by the...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/tobacco/LT-FDA-PremarketReviewDisclosure-042320.pdf

Joint Letter to the FDA on a Potential Illicit Trade - July 16, 2018

...1 July 16, 2018 Dockets Management Staff [HFA-305] Food and Drug Administration 5630 Fishers Lane, Room 1061 Rockville, MD 20852 Re: Docket No. FDA-2018-N-0529, Draft Concept Paper: Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products After Implementation of a Food and Drug...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/tobacco/LT-FDA-IllicitTrade-071618.pdf

Joint Letter to the FDA on Compounded Drug Products - August 13, 2019

...August 13, 2019 Janet Woodcock, M.D. Director Center for Drug Evaluation and Research U.S. Food and Drug Administration 10903 New Hampshire Avenue Silver Spring, Maryland 20993 Dear Dr. Woodcock: On behalf of our members, the undersigned organizations write to thank the U.S. Food and...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/risk/LT-FDA-CompoundedDrugProducts-081319.pdf

Joint Letter to the FDA on Policy for Certain Deemed Products - April 30, 2019

...April 30, 2019 Dockets Management Staff (HFA-305) Food and Drug Administration 5630 Fishers Lane, Rm. 1061 Rockville, MD 20852 RE: Comments in Docket No. FDA-2019-D-0661, Modifications to Compliance Policy for Certain Deemed Tobacco Products The undersigned organizations submit these...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/tobacco/LT-FDA-PublicHealthGroupsFDADraftGuidance-043019.pdf

Joint Letter to the FDA on Premium Cigars - July 25, 2018

...July 25, 2018 Dockets Management Staff (HFA-305) U.S. Food and Drug Administration 5630 Fishers Lane, Rm. 1061 Rockville, MD 20852 RE: Docket No. FDA-2017-N-6107, Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Regulation of Premium Cigars The undersigned...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/tobacco/LT-FDA-PremiumCigars-072518.pdf

Joint Letter to the First Lady on e-Cigarettes - September 24, 2019

...September 24, 2019 First Lady Melania Trump The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. Washington, DC 20500 Dear Mrs. Trump: Our organizations thank you for raising the alarm about the epidemic of youth e-cigarette use in the United States and for...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/tobacco/LT-FLOTUS-SupportPlanRemoveFlavoredeCigs-092419.pdf

Joint Letter to the House and Senate Appropriations Committee Supporting FY 2021 CDC ...

...APHA • 800 I Street, NW • Washington, DC 20001-3710 • 202-777-2514 • www.cdccoalition.org CDC Coalition November 24, 2020 The Honorable Nita Lowey The Honorable Kay Granger Chairwoman Ranking Member House Appropriations Committee House Appropriations Committee...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/strategy/LT-HouseSenAppropriations-FY2021CDCCoaltion-112420.pdf

Joint Letter to the House Ways and Means Leadership on Surprise Billing - February 7, 2019

...February 7, 2019 The Honorable Richard E. Neal Chairman Committee on Ways and Means 1102 Longworth House Office Building Washington, DC 20515 The Honorable Kevin P. Brady Ranking Member Committee on Ways and Means 1139E Longworth House Office Building Washington, DC 20515 Dear...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/legal/administrative/LT-WaysMeans-SurpriseBilling-020719.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

Joint Letter to the President on e-Cigarettes - September 24, 2019

...September 24, 2019 President Donald Trump The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. Washington, DC 20500 Dear Mr. President: Our organizations commend and fully support your plan to remove all non-tobacco flavored e- cigarettes from the market,...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/tobacco/LT-POTUS-SupportPlanRemoveFlavoredeCigs-092419.pdf

Joint Letter to the U.S. Trade Representative Regarding Public Health Measures in NAFTA

...June 12, 2017 Re: Docket No. USTR-2017-0006 Mr. Edward Gresser Chair of the Trade Policy Staff Committee Office of the United States Trade Representative 600 17 th Street N.W. Washington, D.C. 20508 Dear Mr. Gresser: We are pleased to submit...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/tobacco/LT-NAFTA-TradePolicy-061217.pdf

Joint Letter to the US Trade Representative Urging Public Health Measures in US/Japan ...

...November 26, 2018 Re: Docket No. USTR-2018-0034 Mr. Edward Gresser Chair of the Trade Policy Staff Committee Office of the United States Trade Representative 600 17th Street N.W. Washington, D.C. 20508 Dear Mr. Gresser: We are pleased to submit...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/tobacco/LT-USTradeRep-PublicHealthGroupCommentsUS-JapanFTA-112618.pdf

Joint Letter to the US Trade Representative Urging Public Health Measures in US/UK ...

...January 15, 2019 Re: Docket No. USTR-2018-0036 Mr. Edward Gresser Chair of the Trade Policy Staff Committee Office of the United States Trade Representative 600 17th Street N.W. Washington, D.C. 20508 Dear Mr. Gresser: We are pleased to submit...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/tobacco/LT-USTradeRep-UrgingPublicHealthMeasures-USUKTradeAgreements-011519.pdf

Joint Letter to the VA on the Federal Supremacy Project - July 29, 2021

The AAFP joined several organizations to express significant concerns with the VA’s Federal Supremacy project, which will create national standards of practice for physicians and every other health care practitioner employed by the VA. These standards will preempt state scope of ...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/workforce/scope/LT-VA-SupremacyProject-072921.pdf

Joint Letter to the White House on COVID Vaccine Distribution to Physicians

We urge the White House to make it simpler for office-based physicians, including primary care physicians and pediatricians, to access COVID-19 vaccines.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/vaccines/LT-WhiteHouse-HHS-COVIDVaccineDistributionPhysicians-101321.pdf

Joint Letter to the White House Requesting Final FDA Deeming Regulations - April 28, 2015

Joint letter to President Obama requesting the final FDA deeming regulation

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/tobacco/LT-Obama-FDADeeming-042815.pdf

Joint Letter to USPS on E-cigarette Mailing Restrictions - March 22, 2021

The AAFP supports applying current tobacco mailing restrictions to e-cigarettes. We remain concerned about the impact of tobacco and nicotine addiction on patients and support regulations to prevent the use of these harmful substances.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/tobacco/LT-USPS-CommentsECigRestrictions-032221.pdf

Joint Letter to Vice President Expressing Concern on Recent COVID-19 Testing Guidance ...

...September 3, 2020 Mike Pence, Vice President White House Coronavirus Task Force Office of the Vice President 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20500 Dear Vice President Pence, On behalf of the undersigned organizations, we write to express our...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/crisis/LT-WhiteHouse-COVID19TestingGuidelinesConcerns-090320.pdf

Joint Letter to Ways and Means Committee on Tobacco Provisions - September 14, 2021

...September 14, 2021 The Honorable Richard E. Neal Chairman Ways and Means Committee U.S. House of Representatives Washington, DC 20515 Dear Chairman Neal: We are writing to express our strong support for the tobacco tax provisions included in the Ways and Means...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/tobacco/LT-WaysMeansCmte-TobaccoProvisions-091421.pdf

Joint Physician Dentist letter to Rep. Babin on Resident Education Deferred Interest ...

...July 31, 2018 The Honorable Brian Babin, DDS U.S. House of Representatives 316 Cannon House Office Building Washington, DC 20515 Dear Dr. Babin: On behalf of our organizations, we thank you for introducing the Resident Education Deferred Interest Act (HR 5734) that, if passed, will...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/workforce/debt/LT-Babin-ResidentEdDeferredInterestAct-073118.pdf

Joint Physician Dentist Letter to Rep. Babin on Resident Education Deferred Interest ...

...March 19, 2019 The Honorable Brian Babin, DDS U.S. House of Representatives 2236 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, DC 20515 The Honorable Paul Gosar, DDS U.S. House of Representatives 2057 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, DC 20515 The Honorable Andy Harris, MD U.S....

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/workforce/debt/LT-RepBabin-ResidentEdDeferredInterestAct-03192019.pdf

Joint Principles from the Group of 6 on Reducing Administrative Burden - June 11, 2018

...Joint Principles on Reducing Administrative Burden in Healthcare American Academy of Family Physicians, American Academy of Pediatrics, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, American College of Physicians, American Osteopathic Association, and American Psychiatric...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/legal/administrative/ST-Group6-AdministrativeBurden-061118.pdf

Joint Principles from the Group of Six on Maternal Mortality - September 16, 2019

...Helping Ensure Healthy Mothers and Healthy Babies: Eliminating Preventable Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Joint principles of the following organizations representing frontline physicians: American Academy of Family Physicians, American Academy of Pediatrics, American College...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/women/ST-G6-MaternalMortality-091619.pdf

Joint Principles: Addressing the Opioid Epidemic - June 11, 2018

...ADDRESSING THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC Joint principles of the following organizations representing front-line physicians American Academy of Family Physicians American Academy of Pediatrics American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists American College of Physicians American...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/risk/ST-AddressingOpioidEpidemic-061118.pdf

Joint Statement Calling for Federal Action on Long COVID Crisis - May 6, 2021

The AAFP joins with several other patient and other clinician organizations to call for federal action to address the Long COVID crisis. Primary care physicians will be vital to screening, treating, and referring patients with Long COVID.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/crisis/ST-LongCOVID-050621.pdf

Joint Statement from the Group of 6 Supporting the Vaccines Act - May 22, 2019

...Media contacts: Jamie Poslosky, American Academy of Pediatrics (202-724-3301; jposlosky@aap.org) Devin Miller, American Academy of Pediatrics (202-724-3308; dmiller@aap.org) JOINT STATEMENT SUPPORTING THE VACCINES ACT American Academy of Family Physicians, American Academy of...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/vaccines/ST-G6-VaccinesAct-052219.pdf

Joint Statement from the Group of Six Urging Passing of Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 -...

...America’s Frontline Physicians Urge Passage of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 Our organizations, which represent more than 560,000 physicians and medical students nationwide, are pleased that a bipartisan budget agreement has been reached. The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, once...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/medicaid/ST-Group6-BipartisanBudgetAgreement-020818.pdf

Joint Statement on Indoor Tanning Tax - June 10, 2015

Joint statement signed by AAFP on efforts to repeal the tax on indoor tanning.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/environmental/ST-TanningTax-061015.pdf

Joint Support Letter for the Tobacco-Free Youth Act Provisions - June 25, 2019

...June 25, 2019 The Honorable Lamar Alexander The Honorable Patty Murray Chairman Ranking Member Committee on Health, Education, Labor Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions and Pensions U.S. Senate U.S. Senate Washington, DC 20510 Washington, DC 20510 Dear Chairman Alexander...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/tobacco/LT-SupportTobacco21Provisions-062519.pdf

Joint Testimony to Energy and Commerce Committee on Medicaid Physician Payment - March ...

Testimony from AAFP, AAP, ACP, ACOG and AOA to the Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee for legislative hearing on ACA improvements in support of H.R. 1025 the Kids Access to Primary Care Act.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicaid/TS-EC-ACAHearing-032321.pdf

Letter to CMS on Continuing Telehealth Flexibilities - July 13, 2020

...July 13, 2020 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: On behalf of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), which...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/health_it/telehealth/LT-CMS-TelehealthFlexibilities-071320.pdf

Letter to Congress in Support of Primary Care in COVID-19 Response and Recovery - June ...

...1 June 8, 2020 The Honorable Mitch McConnell The Honorable Charles Schumer Majority Leader Minority Leader U.S. Senate U.S. Senate Washington, D.C. 20510 Washington, D.C. 20510 The Honorable Nancy Pelosi The Honorable Kevin McCarthy Speaker Minority Leader U.S. House of...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/crisis/LT-Congress-PrimaryCareSignOn-060820.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

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

Letter to House Leaders re Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Student Loan Interest Provision - ...

...November 10, 2017 The Honorable Paul Ryan The Honorable Nancy Pelosi H-232 U.S. Capitol H-204, U.S. Capitol Washington, DC 20515 Washington, DC 20515 RE: Tax Cuts and Jobs Act - Elimination of the Student Loan Interest Deduction Dear Speaker Ryan and Leader Pelosi: On behalf of the...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/workforce/debt/LT-HouseLeadership-TaxCutsJobsActStudentLoanInterestProvision-11102017.pdf

Letter to PTAC on Health Equity and SDOH in APMs

Primary care is uniquely positioned to address patients' social needs. Additional data and technical changes are needed to equip primary care practices to address social needs and to measure health equity at the population level.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/apms/LT-PTAC-APM-SDOH-Equity-101421.pdf

Letter to Reps. Burgess and Rush Supporting Legislation to Provide Temporary Waiver of ...

...November 3, 2020 The Honorable Michael Burgess, M.D. 2161 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, DC 20515 The Honorable Bobby Rush 2188 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, DC 20515 Dear Representatives Burgess and Rush: On behalf of the American Academy of Family...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicare/feesched/LT-Congress-SupportingHR8505-110320.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...

Advocacy

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

LT-HHS-CARESActEmergencyFund-040720.pdf

...April 7, 2020 The Honorable Alex Azar Secretary U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 200 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, DC 20201 Dear Secretary Azar: The undersigned organizations represent the hundreds of thousands of physicians...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/crisis/LT-HHS-CARESActEmergencyFund-040720.pdf

Medicaid Coverage

The AAFP advocates for fair, effective Medicaid regulations impacting family physicians and their patients.

Advocacy : Advocating for You: Advocacy Topics

https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/advocacy-topics/health-care-coverage/medicaid.html

Medicaid Physician Payment

The AAFP supports Medicaid payment for primary care services at least equal to Medicare’s payment rate for those services when provided by a primary care physician.

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https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/advocacy-topics/physician-payment/medicaid.html

Medical Home

The AAFP believes the Medical Home model provides patients with a holistic and coordinated approach to health care.

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https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/advocacy-topics/health-care-delivery/medical-home.html

Medical Liability

The AAFP supports medical liability reform of regulation that continue to have a negative impact on the cost of health care for patients and physicians.

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https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/advocacy-topics/legal/medical-liability.html

Medical Student Debt

Because the cost of medical education impacts the specialty of family medicine, the AAFP supports alternative funding strategies for family medicine students.

Advocacy : Advocating for You: Advocacy Topics

https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/advocacy-topics/physician-workforce/student-debt.html

Medicare Coverage

The AAFP advocates for primary care physicians and their patients by calling for expanded health care coverage, including Medicare coverage.

Advocacy : Advocating for You: Advocacy Topics

https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/advocacy-topics/health-care-coverage/medicare.html

Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS)

The AAFP summarizes details of the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule, including regulatory requirements.

Advocacy : Advocating for You: Advocacy Topics

https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/advocacy-topics/physician-payment/fee-schedule.html

Medicare Physician Payment

With the repeal of the SGR, family physicians can focus more on caring for their Medicare patients without worrying about interruptions in payment.

Advocacy : Advocating for You: Advocacy Topics

https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/advocacy-topics/physician-payment/medicare.html

Menthol in Cigarettes and Tobacco Products

AAFP Letter to the FDA on Menthol in Cigarettes and Tobacco Products

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/tobacco/LT-FDA-Menthol-080713.pdf

Obesity Prevention and Treatment

The AAFP advocates for health care policies that address and aim to treat the significant health impact of obesity.

Advocacy : Advocating for You: Advocacy Topics

https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/advocacy-topics/prevention-public-health/obesity.html

Organizational Letter to Congress Recommending Policies to Increase Immunizations - ...

...Dear Members of Congress, As organizations representing medical professionals, the public health community and individuals who are immunocompromised, we have been encouraged by Congress’ interest in doing more to stop current vaccine-preventable disease outbreaks and prevent more from...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/vaccines/LT-Congress-ImmunizationCommunitPolicyRecs-042119.pdf

Partnership for Medicaid Letter Calling for Extended Medicaid Postpartum Coverage to ...

The letter urges Congress to use the upcoming reconciliation legislation to pursue postpartum Medicaid coverage for one full year.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/medicaid/LT-Congress-P4MPostPartumCoverage-09921.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

Partnership for Medicaid Letter on Medicaid Priorities in Reconciliation - October 8, 2021

The AAFP joined a Partnership for Medicaid letter in support of Medicaid policies in reconciliation, including closing the Medicaid coverage gap, home- and community-based services, permanent authorization of CHIP, one-year continuous eligibility for children covered by Medicaid and ...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/medicaid/LT-Congress-P4MReconciliationPriorities-100821.pdf

Partnership for Medicaid Letter to Congressional Leadership on Medicaid Priorities - ...

The letter outlines several of the Partnership for Medicaid’s ongoing priorities, including the Partnership’s positions on home- and community-based services, Medicaid payment parity, increased federal medical assistance percentage (FMAP) for certain Medicaid services, adequate Medicaid...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/medicaid/LT-P4M-CongressionalLeadership-MedicaidPriorities-080921.pdf

Partnership for Medicaid Welcome Letter to CMS Administrator Chiquita Brooks-LaSure - ...

This letter outlines several of the Partnership for Medicaid’s ongoing priorities, including the Partnership’s positions on COVID-19 testing, treatment, and continuous coverage for Medicaid beneficiaries, the COVID-19 provider relief fund, the American Rescue Plan Act Medicaid ...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/medicaid/LT-CMS-P4MBrooksLaSureWelcome-072121.pdf

Patient Privacy (HIPAA)

Information on HIPAA from the AAFP, including regulations around patient privacy and how the AAFP is monitoring the impact on primary care.

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https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/advocacy-topics/legal/hipaa.html

Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA)

Information for family physicians from the AAFP as the health care reform established by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) take effect.

Advocacy : Advocating for You: Advocacy Topics

https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/advocacy-topics/health-care-coverage/aca.html

Prepared Comments from AAFP President for the CMS Administrator Roundtable on ...

...Prepared Comments | Michael Munger, MD - President, AAFP CMS Administrator Roundtable on Administrative Burden Thursday, October 26, 2017 | 11:00 am Good morning. My name is Michael Munger. I am a practicing family physician in Overland Park, Kansas and the President of the...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/legal/administrative/TP-CMSAdminRoundTable-AdminReform-102317.pdf

Prescription Drug Issues

The AAFP recognizes the significant problems prescription drug issues present and works to combat this public health concern.

Advocacy : Advocating for You: Advocacy Topics

https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/advocacy-topics/prevention-public-health/rx.html

Press Release on PEPC: New Coalition Launches to Support Independent Physician ...

...1 For more information, contact: nick@crosscutstrategies.com (202) 792-7200 New Coalition Launches to Support Independent Physician Practices in Leading Value-Based Care Movement Medical Associations of Texas, Florida and California join American Academy of Family...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/apms/PR-PartnershipEmpowerPhysicianLedCare-051018.pdf

Preventive Health

The AAFP supports efforts to promote wellness and preventive public health care.

Advocacy : Advocating for You: Advocacy Topics

https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/advocacy-topics/prevention-public-health/preventive.html

Proposed EFT Regulation

Letter to CMS Supporting Proposed EFT Regulation

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/legal/administrative/LT-CMS-EFTRegulation-030112.pdf

Reform Principles for U.S. Health Care System

Read the AAFP’s guidelines for Congress to improve individual health and the health care system.

Advocacy : Advocating for You: Advocacy Topics

https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/advocacy-topics/reform-principles.html

Resources for Policy Makers

Current resources, including letters, statements, and principles, on AAFP advocacy for policy makers.

Advocacy : Advocacy Campaigns

https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/act/policy-resources.html

Rural Health Clinic Modernization Act of 2019 - House

...July 3, 2019 Representative Dave Loebsack Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers United States House of Representatives United States House of Representatives 1211 Longworth House Office Building 1035 Longworth House Office Building Washington, DC 20515 Washington, DC 20515...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/rural/LT-House-RHCModernization-070319.pdf

Scope of Practice

The AAFP believes family physicians are uniquely qualified to lead coordinated care teams of allied health professionals in providing care for patients.

Advocacy : Advocating for You: Advocacy Topics

https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/advocacy-topics/physician-workforce/scope.html

ST-TexasVUnitedStates-060818.pdf

...JOINT STATEMENT ON TEXAS V UNITED STATES American Academy of Family Physicians, American Academy of Pediatrics, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, American College of Physicians, American Osteopathic Association, and American Psychiatric Association June 9,...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/aca/ST-TexasVUnitedStates-060818.pdf

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