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AAFP Letter to the Committe on Finance in Support for Andrea Palm - April 14, 2021

AAFP supports President Biden’s nomination for HHS Deputy Secretary, Andrea Palm.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/administration/LT-Finance-AndreaPalmSupport-041421.pdf

AAFP Introductory Letter to CMS Administrator Brooks-LaSure - June 3, 2021

The AAFP congratulates the Administrator on being confirmed and looks forward to working with her to advance health equity by investing in primary care access and health care coverage.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/aca/LT-CMS-IntroChiquitaBrooksLaSure-060321.pdf

AAFP Letter to Congress in Support of HHS Nominee Becerra - February 5, 2021

The AAFP supports the nomination of Xavier Becerra for Secretary of HHS.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/aca/LT-Congress-SupportingHHSNomineeBecerra-020521.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

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

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

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 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 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 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

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 Sen. Murkowski and Rep. Ruiz Supporting the Safe Step Act - May 19, 2021

AAFP support the bill because it would implement transparency guidelines to prevent inappropriate use of step therapy in employer-sponsored health plans and create a clear process for patients and physicians to seek reasonable exceptions to step therapy.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/legal/administrative/LT-SupportingSafeStepAct-051921.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: Congressional Primary Care Caucus

Background information from the AAFP on the goal of the Primary Care Caucus: to advance primary care.

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 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

Joint Letter to Congressional Leadership on Medicaid Payment Parity - June 10, 2021

Joint letter from AAFP and other physician organizations to Speaker Pelosi, Leader Schumer, and Minority Leaders McCarthy and McConnell asking Congress to address Medicaid payment for primary care as part of efforts to expand access to health coverage.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicaid/LT-CongressionalLeaders-MedicaidPaymentParity-061021.pdf

Joint Letter of Support to Senators Brown and Murray for Ensuring Access to Primary ...

Joint Letter of Support for Ensuring Access to Primary Care for Women and Children Act - May 27, 2021

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicaid/LT-SenBrownMurray-EnsuringAccessPrimaryCareWomenChildrenAct-052721.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

AAFP-ACP Joint Letter to CMS Director on Primary Care First Program - May 3, 2021

This letter calls on CMS to address and improve Population Based Payment (PBP), Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+), quality measures, and telehealth methodology for annual wellness visits.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicare/LT-CMS-PrimaryCareFirstProgram-050321.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

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 Congress Pressing Support for the CDC Climate and Health Program - ...

Signers of this letter request $50 million for FY22 to support the CDC’s Climate and Health Program. These funds will help support state and local health departments prepare and protect their communities from health threats posed by climate change.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/environmental/LT-Congress-FY22CDCClimateHealth-032221.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

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

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

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 Supporting FY 2022 Appropriations for CDC Data Modernization Initiative - ...

The AAFP and others are support at least $250 million in appropriations for CDC’s Data Modernization Initiative in FY 2022. The Data Modernization Initiative is designed to invest in new and upgraded technologies that detect, track and analyze trends around disease outbreaks.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/strategy/LT-CDCDataModernizationInitiativeFY2022Appropriations-042721.pdf

AAFP Letter to Sen. Barbara Boxer Supporting S 430 - June 5, 2015

AAFP supports Sen. Boxer's bill to give the Federal Trade Commission explicit authority to regulate the advertising of e-cigarettes to prevent the marketing of e-cigarettes to children.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/tobacco/LT-Boxer-S430-060515.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

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

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

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

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 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

Joint Letter to Congressional Appropriators Requesting Funding for Hospital ...

This letter urges Congressional appropriators to direct $20 million to the CDC Hospitals Promoting Breastfeeding Program.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/women/LT-Congress-FY22HospitaPromotingBreastfeeding-041921.pdf

AAFP Letter of Support for Rural MOMS Act - May 13, 2021

The AAFP endorses legislation to address maternal mortality with training for rural clinicians and investments in training and research.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/women/LT-Congress-SupportRuralMOMSAct-051321.pdf

AAFP Letter to HHS on Title X Proposed Rule - May 13, 2021

The AAFP strongly supports efforts to restore and strengthen the Title X program, the only federal grant program dedicated to improving access to preventive care for low-income patients.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/women/LT-HHS-TitleXProposedRule-051321.pdf

Joint Dear Colleague Letter to Congress for Maternal Health Funding in FY2022 - April ...

The AAFP joined 62 national organizations calling on members of Congress to join a Dear Colleague letter to Chair DeLauro and Ranking Member Cole. The letter asks for fully funding for key maternal health programs like Title V MCH Block Grant, Healthy start, Safe Motherhood and Infant ...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/women/LT-HouseApp-SupportMaternalHealthFundingFY22-041521.pdf

AAFP Letter of Support for the COVID-19 Safe Birthing Act - May 13, 2021

The AAFP endorses Rep. Pressley’s bill to expand maternal telehealth for Medicaid beneficiaries and extend Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) coverage for one year postpartum.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/women/LT-RepPressley-COVID19SafeBirthingAct-051321.pdf

Joint Letter to House Committee on Veterans' Affairs Supporting the Protecting Moms Who...

The AAFP endorses the Protecting Moms who Served Act, which will ensure there is critical support for maternity care coordination programs to address the clinical and nonclinical perinatal needs of veterans and ensure effective coordination between VA and non-VA facilities in the ...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/women/LT-VACmte-ProtectingMomsWhoServedAct-041521.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

AAFP Testimony to Senate HELP Committee on Health Care Workforce - May 20, 2021

AAFP’s testimony to the HELP Committee provides policy recommendations to ensure that our nation has a robust primary care workforce that is equipped to address our population health needs and facilitate access to health care, improve patient outcomes, and reduce health care costs.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/workforce/debt/TS-SenateHELPCmte-HealthCareWorkforce052021.pdf

AAFP Comments to CMS on the FY 2022 IPPS Proposed Rule - June 7, 2021

The AAFP commends CMS for prioritizing health equity in these proposals. To more comprehensively address physician shortages and maldistribution, we strongly recommend that CMS also prioritize applications for new GME slots from hospitals that train a high proportion of physicians who ...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/workforce/gme/LT-CMS-FY2022IPPSProposedRule-060721.pdf

Joint CAFM Comments on the FY 2022 IPPS Proposed Rule - June 8, 2021

The AAFP commends CMS for prioritizing health equity in these proposals. To more comprehensively address physician shortages and maldistribution, we strongly recommend that CMS also prioritize applications for new GME slots from hospitals that train a high proportion of physicians who ...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/workforce/gme/LT-CAFM-CMS-FY2022IPPSProposedRule-060821.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

Group of 6 Letter to the Department of Labor on H-1B Physician Wage Data Sources - June...

The Group of 6 strongly encourages DOL and other agencies to develop policies that encourage international medical graduates to practice in the United States. H-1B physicians are vital to addressing workforce shortages and ensuring access to comprehensive care, particularly in rural and...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/workforce/gme/LT-DOL-G6-H1BPrevailingWage-060121.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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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 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

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 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 Testimony from Dr. Davis to Senate Finance Committee - May 21, 2021

Dr. Kisha Davis’ written testimony to the Senate Finance Committee for a hearing on telehealth and other CMS flexibilities for health care providers made available during the COVID-19 PHE.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/health_it/telehealth/TS-SenateFinanceCmte-DavisTelehealth-051921.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 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 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

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

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

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

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

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.

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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

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

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

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

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 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

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 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 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 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 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 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: 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 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 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

Joint Letter to CMMI on Alternative Payment Models - May 25, 2021

AAFP and others offer recommendations to CMMI on the implementation of APMs, specifically advancing health equity, physician participation, incentive payments, and investments.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/apms/LT-CMMI-APMs-052521.pdf

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