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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 Backgrounder: High-deductible Health Plans

The AAFP believes The AAFP urges Congress to pass legislation that allows high-deductible health plans to waive the deductible for critical primary care services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/aca/BKG-StandardPrimaryCareBenefitHDHP.pdf

AAFP Letter of Support for the Ensuring Coverage in Public Health Emergencies Act - ...

The AAFP supports this legislation to establish a 30-day special enrollment period (SEP) for individual and group health plans during any public health emergency declaration expands access to coverage and prioritizes patients’ well-being.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/aca/LT-House-EnsuringCoveragePublicHealthEmergenciesAct-012821.pdf

AAFP Letter to OMB - June 19, 2019

AAFP letter in response to the Office of Management and Budget request for comment on the Consumer Inflation Measures Produced by Federal Statistical Agencies

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/aca/LT-OMB-FedPovStandards-061919.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

AAFP Backgrounder: Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP)

Background information from the AAFP on CHIP.

Advocacy

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

AAFP Backgrounder: Medicaid Expansion

The AAFP is strongly supportive of policies to expand health insurance coverage to all Americans. The AAFP supports expanding Medicaid eligibility as a path to make health care available to all by increasing access to care and enabling physicians to provide cost efficient, quality care.

Advocacy

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

Partnership for Medicaid Letter to Congress on Medicaid Financing in the Territories - ...

The letter endorses bipartisan legislation, the Insular Area Medicaid Parity Act, which would permanently eliminate the Medicaid cap in the territories. The financing cap has proven to be a barrier to reimbursing providers fairly which further contributes to health disparities for ...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/medicaid/LT-Congress-P4MonTerritoryMedicaidFunding-031721.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

AAFP Comments to HHS Responding to RFI on Artificial Intelligence in Health Care - ...

• The AAFP is supportive of advancing the use of AI/ML solutions in health care as long as they are used in partnership with the user and are implemented in an equitable manner.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/health_it/emr/LT-HHS-TechnologyChronicDiseaseManagementAgingUnderservedPopulations-121820.pdf

AAFP Comments ONC Regulation Delaying Information Blocking Provisions - December 17, 2020

• The AAFP strongly supports delaying the effective date for information blocking requirements - we urge ONC to extend this delay until July 31, 2021 or the end of the PHE, whichever is later. • Improving interoperability is essential for reducing family physicians’ administrative ...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/health_it/emr/LT-ONC-IFRInfoBlockingCOCDelay-121720.pdf

AAFP Letter to ONC Welcome and Info Blocking Extension - March 31, 2021

The AAFP urges ONC to delay the information blocking compliance date until the end of the COVID-19 public health emergency to ensure family physicians can focus on providing essential primary care to their patients.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/health_it/emr/LT-ONC-InfoBlockingExtension-033121.pdf

AAFP Backgrounder: Telehealth

The AAFP believes Congress should pass legislation to permanently expand access to telehealth while protecting the physician-patient relationship and promoting high-quality, comprehensive, continuous care.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/health_it/telehealth/BKG-Telehealth.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 Opposing Medicare Prior Authorization Requirements - April 7, 2021

The AAFP joined several other organizations in opposition to prior authorization requirements that were recently added for care covered by Medicare. The AAFP opposes prior authorization requirements that unnecessarily increase physicians’ administrative burdens and prevent patients from...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/legal/administrative/LT-CMS-HealthcareStakeholdersCoalitionPriorAuthorization-040721.pdf

Joint Letter to CMS Urging Swift Implementation of Prior Authorization Rule - March 1, ...

The regulation finalized in January would require some health plans to streamline and automate prior authorization requirements. This would be a positive step in reducing the burden associated with prior authorizations and we urge the new administration to swiftly implement this rule.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/legal/administrative/LT-CMS-PriorAuthRule-030121.pdf

AAFP Letter to HHS on Proposed HIPAA Modifications - May 6, 2021

The AAFP supports regulatory changes to lessen the burden of disclosing patient data while also protecting patient privacy. We offer a variety of suggestions to improve upon the proposals from HHS to ensure that modifications to HIPAA do not increase administrative burdens on physicians...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/legal/hipaa/LT-OCR-HIPAA-NPRM-050621.pdf

AAFP Backgrounder: Primary Care Caucus

The American Academy of Family Physicians urges Representatives to join the bipartisan Congressional Primary Care Caucus.

Advocacy

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

AAFP Letter to CMS Welcoming Liz Fowler as CMMI Director - March 16, 2021

The AAFP looks forward to working with Dr. Fowler to advance value-based primary care across payers. We are particularly interested in partnering to make technical improvements to the Primary Care First model, advance alternative payment models in Medicaid, and increase the number of ...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/apms/LT-CMS-FowlerWelcome-031621.pdf

Joint Letter to CMS on Releasing MIPS Benchmarks - April 13, 2021

The AAFP joined several other organizations in urging CMS to release the benchmarks for MIPS cost measures and make this information available on a rolling, close to real-time basis moving forward.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/apms/LT-CMS-MIPSBenchmarks-041321.pdf

Joint Letter to CMS on Improvements for Primary Care First Model - May 3, 2021

The AAFP recommends that CMS make several technical improvements to the Primary Care First model to ensure the model’s success and make it more attractive to physician practices. These modifications are even more pressing in light of CMS’s announcement that the agency will sunset the ...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/apms/LT-CMS-PrimaryCareFirstModel-050321.pdf

AAFP Backgrounder: Direct Primary Care

The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) supports the physician and patient choice to provide and receive health care in any ethical health care delivery system model, including the Direct Primary Care (DPC) model.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/dpc/BKG-DPC.pdf

Joint Letter to CMS on FQHC Payment Changes Needed for COVID-19 Vaccinations - February...

Current FQHC payment structures under Medicare and Medicaid are not sufficient to support high levels of COVID-19 vaccination. We recommend CMS make several modifications to ensure timely access to the vaccine.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicare/feesched/LT-CMS-COVID-19VaccineReimbursement-021921.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

2014 Proposed Medicare Physician Fee Schedule

AAFP Response to the CMS 2014 Proposed Medicare Physician Fee Schedule

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicare/LT-CMS-2104ProposedMPFS-082913.pdf

Joint Letter to CMS Innovation Center Director - March 12, 2021

The AAFP and the Partnership to Empower Physician-Led Care (PEPC) congratulate Liz Fowler on her appoint as director of CMMI and requests a meeting to emphasize the importance of value-based payment.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicare/LT-CMS-FowlerWelcome-031221.pdf

AAPF Letter to Ways and Means on Stark Law and MACRA

AAFP response to a request for information from the Senate Finance and House Ways and Means Committees, on the topic of what modifications to the Stark Law are needed for MACRA implementation.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicare/LT-WaysandMeans-StarkLaw-020516.pdf

General Provider Telehealth and Telemedicine Tool Kit

Telehealth and Telemedicine

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/crisis/CMSGeneralTelemedicineToolkit.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 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 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 Letter to Congressional Appropriators Requesting Funding for Primary Care ...

This sign-letter urges appropriators to increase funding for inclusion of primary care into global health humanitarian programs within USAID.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/equality/LT-Congress-FY22PHC-042221.pdf

Partnership for Medicaid Honors National Minority Health Month - April 28, 2021

In honor of National Minority Health Month, the Partnership for Medicaid restates its commitment to raising awareness about health inequities among racial and ethnic minority populations and its support of initiatives that enable the Medicaid program to promote health equity.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/equality/ST-P4M-NationalMinorityHealthMonth-042821.pdf

AAFP Testimony to Congress on COVID-19 Long-haul Symptoms - April 27, 2021

AAFP submitted testimony to the Energy and Commerce committee on COVID-19 long-haul symptoms. The AAFP calls on Congress to address workforce shortages, primary care payment, high deductible health plans, coverage, ADA and FMLA compliance, and research.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/equality/TS-Congress-COVID19LongHaulSymptoms-042721.pdf

Joint Letter to DoT on Federal Diabetes Exemption Program - December 7, 2015

Letter to the Department of Transportation urging they allow primary care physicians the ability to complete exemption forms for commercial drivers with diabetes

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/obesity/LT-DoT-Diabetes-120715.pdf

AAFP Comments to DEA on MAT Interim Final Rule - December 23, 2020

AAFP comments on the DEA Medication-Assisted treatment interim final rule.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/risk/LT-DEA-MATFinalRule-122320.pdf

AAFP Letter to HRSA on CHC Insulin Epinephrine Final Rule Delay - March 11, 2021

The AAFP supports proposals to reduce the cost of prescription drugs, but we are concerned that this final rule will not meaningfully reduce these costs.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/risk/LT-HRSA-LifeSavingMedicationsProposedDelay-031121.pdf

Joint Letter to House 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-House-GunResearch-032521.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

AAFP Letter to HELP Committee in Support of Dr. Murthy for Surgeon General - February ...

AAFP again supports the nomination of Dr. Vivek Murthy for the position of Surgeon General of the United States. As an internal medicine physician, Dr. Murthy knows firsthand the important role that primary care physicians play in ensuring access, addressing health disparities, and has ...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/strategy/LT-HELP-SupportMurthySurgeonGeneral-022421.pdf

Joint Letter to Congress Opposing FDA Cigar Exemption - February 25, 2015

Joint letter to the U.S. House of Representatives expressing strong opposition to H.R. 662, legislation that would exempt many cigars from regulation under the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act (TCA). The letter calls for the FDA to retain oversight authority over all ...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/tobacco/LT-Con-Cigars-022515.pdf

Joint Letter to Congress Opposing HR 2058 - December 2, 2015

Joint letter to Congress opposing HR 2058, a bill that would exempt e-cigarettes and other tobacco products from FDA Review.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/tobacco/LT-Congress-FDADeeming-120215.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

AAFP Letter to Energy and Commerce Chairman Pallone for Budget Reconciliation Markup - ...

AAFP supports the provisions which strengthen public health, the primary care workforce, and expand access to health care.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/vaccines/LT-ECChairman-BudgetReconciliationMarkup-021121.pdf

AAFP Letter to House Energy and Commerce Subcommittees on COVID-19 Vaccines - January ...

AAFP strongly believes that incorporating primary care physicians and practices into vaccination plans, as well as enhancing coordination and communication with physicians, will advance the goal of ensuring equitable access to vaccines for all.

Advocacy

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

Joint Letter to HHS on Equity Funding in the American Rescue Plan - March 24, 2021

AAFP urges HHS and CDC to ensure funding for COVID-19 public health response activities provided through the American Rescue Plan Act prioritizes the communities of color and tribal communities that are disproportionately affected and underserved.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/vaccines/LT-HHS-EquityFundingAmericanRescuePlan-032421.pdf

AVAC Support Letter of the Immunization Infrastructure Modernization Act - January 28, ...

AAFP supports the legislation because it would improve, enhance, and expand the ability of immunization information systems (IIS) to securely exchange real-time immunization record data between federal health agencies, state, local, tribal, and territorial public health programs and ...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/vaccines/LT-House-AVACSupportImmunizationInfrastructureModernizationAct-012821.pdf

Joint Letter Endorsing the Protecting Seniors Through Immunization Act of 2021 - March ...

The AAFP supports the Protecting Seniors Through Immunization Act of 2021 which would eliminate out-of-pocket costs for vaccines covered under Medicare Part D and improve vaccine awareness and education for beneficiaries.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/vaccines/LT-House-ProtectingSeniorsThroughImmunizationAct-031521.pdf

Joint Letter in Support of the Strengthening the Vaccines for Children Program Act - ...

AAFP, along with others, support the legislation since builds on the Vaccines for Children program by investing in the vaccine delivery system and supporting primary care physicians in order to further reduce barriers to care and help families catch up on routine vaccinations.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/vaccines/LT-House-StrengtheningVaccinesChildrenProgramAct-041621.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

Joint Letter to Congress Pressing Support for the CDC Surveillance for Emerging Threats...

Urging Congress to include $100 million for CDC’s Surveillance for Emerging Threats to Mothers and Babies Network (SET-NET) in the FY22 appropriations legislation.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/women/LT-Congress-FY22AppropsCDCSETNET-040821.pdf

AAFP Letter to Rep. Maloney Supporting the Student Loan Forgiveness for Frontline ...

The bill would forgive the outstanding federal and private student loan debt of front-line health care workers who are treating patients with coronavirus. The loan forgiveness will be tax-free, and defines frontline health care workers as including doctors, medical residents, medical ...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/workforce/debt/LT-RepMaloney-StudentLoanForgivenessFrontlineHealthWorkersAct-050621.pdf

Joint Letter to CMS Regarding GME Implementation Recommendations - March 4, 2021

The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, included several policy changes related to graduate medical education. The AAFP joined the Council of Academic Family Medicine to provide recommendations to CMS for how these provisions should be implemented in forthcoming recommendations.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/workforce/gme/LT-CMS-GMEImplementationRecs-030421.pdf

THC Coalition Letter to Congress Requesting Funds in next COVID Package - February 5, 2021

AAFP, as part of the Teaching Health Centers Coalition, is requesting funds for the Teaching Health Center GME (THCGME) Program in the next COVID-19 relief package.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/workforce/gme/LT-Congress-RequestTHCFundsNextCOVIDBill-020521.pdf

AAFP Letter to DHS on Review of H-1B Visa Lottery Rule - March 3, 2021

As finalized, the final rule eliminating the H-1B lottery would exacerbate physician shortages and negatively impact to care, particularly for under resourced populations. We urge DHS to reverse the final rule.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/workforce/gme/LT-DHS-H1BLotteryFinalRuleDelayNotice-030321.pdf

AAFP Letter to the Senate in Support of the Healthcare Workforce Resilience Act - April...

The bill would recapture 15,000 unused immigrant visas for doctors that Congress has previously authorized and allocate those visas to doctors to help in the fight against COVID-19.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/workforce/gme/LT-Senate-WorkforceResilienceAct-042121.pdf

AAFP Letter to President Biden on Health Care For All Regulatory Recommendations - ...

The AAFP commends and offers additional recommendations to the Biden administration for protecting public health and ensuring affordable health care coverage for all Americans. Recommendations cover private insurance, Medicaid, non-discrimination practices, and strengthening federal ...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/administration/LT-WhiteHouse-HealthCareForAllRegulatoryRecommendations-012221.pdf

AAFP Comments to HHS on Notice of Benefit Payment Parameters Plan Year 2022 Proposed ...

The AAFP is committed to building on the successes of the ACA and ensuring that all individuals have access to affordable, comprehensive health care coverage. The AAFP strongly opposes finalizing this regulation as proposed.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/aca/LT-HHS-Comments2022NBPP-122320.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

AAFP Congressional Testimony on Territory Medicaid Funding - March 17, 2021

The AAFP submits testimony to the House Energy and Commerce hearing regarding funding for Medicaid in the U.S. territories. The AAFP strongly urges Congress to adopt a long-term plan for funding Medicaid in the territories.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/medicaid/TS-EC-TerritoryMedicaidFunding-031721.pdf

Joint Letter to Congressional Leadership Urging Congress to Provide Sequester Relief - ...

This sign-on lends support for the Medicare Sequester COVID Moratorium Act (H.R. 315), which would prevent the 2 percent Medicare sequester from going into effect on March 31st.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/medicare/LT-CongressLeaders-ProvideSequesterRelief-031221.pdf

Group of 6 Letter to the Biden Administration on Health Care Priorities - February 17, ...

Letter from the Group of Six to President Biden and administration officials outlining policy recommendations on COVID-19 response, health care coverage, workforce, immigration and health equity.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/aca/LT-G6-POTUS-HealthCarePriorities-021721.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

AAFP Testimony to House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee on Telehealth - March ...

AAFP in its written testimony reiterated its position that telehealth can enhance patient-physician collaborations, increase access to care, improve health outcomes by enabling timely care interventions, and decrease costs when utilized as a component of, and coordinated with, ...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/health_it/telehealth/TS-EC-Telehealth-030121.pdf

AAFP Comments to HHS on Proposed Rule to Automate Prior Authorizations - December 23, 2020

The AAFP is in favor of requirements for payers to automate and respond to prior authorization requests in a timely manner, so we are concerned that this proposal will not have a meaningful impact on reducing administrative burden, since it does not include Medicare Advantage plans or ...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/legal/administrative/LT-HHS-PriorAuthProposedRule-122320.pdf

AAFP Letter to the 117th Congress Outlining AAFP Priorities - January 8, 2021

AAFP's President, Dr. Ada Stewart, welcomes the 117th Congress and introduces priorities important to the future of family medicine.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/misc/LT-Congress-117CongressAAFPPriorities-010821.pdf

AAFP Letter to Congress on the American Rescue Plan - February 10, 2021

Letter to Senate Finance and HELP Committees and House Ways and Means and Energy and Commerce Committees reacting to the American Rescue Plan and outlining the AAFP’s priorities for COVID relief legislation.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicaid/LT-Congress-AmericanRescuePlan-021021.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

APC-APM for Delivering Patient-Centered, Longitudinal, and Coordinated Care

Proposal to the Physician-Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee regarding the Advanced Primary Care: A Foundational Alternative Payment Model (APC-APM) for Delivering Patient-Centered, Longitudinal, and Coordinated Care

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/apms/PR-PTAC-APC-APM-41417.pdf

AAFP Summary of the 2021 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule - January 5, 2021 ...

A redlined version of the AAFP's summary on the 2021 MPFS Final Rule highlighting January 5 updates.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicare/feesched/ES-MPFS2021FinalRule-120420.pdf

AAFP Comments to CMS on CY 2021 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Interim Final Rules - ...

AAFP comment to CMS on priorities to consider for the 2021 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Interim Final Rule.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicare/feesched/LT-CMS-CommentsCY2021MPFSInterim-012921.pdf

AAFP Backgrounder: Medicaid Payment Parity

The AAFP believes Congress should immediately pass legislation to raise Medicaid payment for primary care services to at least Medicare rates.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/parity/BKG-MedicaidPrimaryCarePaymentParity.pdf

AAFP Executive Summary: 2020 Year End Funding Bill and COVID-19 Emergency Funding Key ...

On Dec. 22, President Trump signed legislation into law which funds the federal government for the remainder of fiscal year 2021 and provides about $900 billion in COVID-19 emergency funding. The bipartisan agreement is the fourth legislative package passed in response to the COVID-19 ...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/crisis/ES-2020YearEndBillHighlights-122220.pdf

Fact Sheet on State Actions to Address COVID-19

A fact sheet from the AAFP helping states to address COVID-19

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/crisis/FS-StateAdvocacyCOVID19.pdf

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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.

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

AAFP Backgrounder - Scope of Practice: Nurse Practitioners

Background information on nurse practitioner scope from the AAFP.

Advocacy

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

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

AAFP Letter to President-elect Biden - November 20, 2020

AAFP letter to President-elect Biden outlining priorities important to the future of family medicine.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/aca/LT-PresidentElectBiden-AAFPPriorities-112020.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

AAFP letter supporting HR 3107

AAFP letter of support for the Improving Seniors’ Timely Access to Care Act of 2019 (HR 3107).

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/health_it/emr/LT-Kelly-Marshall-Access-Care-Act-090619.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

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 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

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

Join%20the%20Bipartisan%20Primary%20Care%20Caucus%20-%20final%2010.5.2015.pdf

Dear Colleague letter from the office of Joe Courtney urging fellow Congressmen to join the Primary Care Caucus

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/dpc/Join%20the%20Bipartisan%20Primary%20Care%20Caucus%20-%20final%2010.5.2015.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 Letter to the FDA on Tobacco Products Proposed Rule

AAFP letter supporting the FDA to deem authority in the regulation of currently unregulated nicotine delivery devices.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/tobacco/LT-FDA-TobaccoProductsProposedRule-060414.pdf

AAFP Executive Summary: COVID Vaccine Coverage and Payment - March 25, 2021

AAFP's Executive Summary of COVID Vaccine Coverage and Payment that was updated March 25, 2021

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/vaccines/ES-COVIDVaccineCoveragePayment-32521.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

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