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AAFP Letter to Rep. Rush in Support of the COMMUNITIES Act - July 7, 2021

The COMMUNITIES Act (H.R. 4285) would institute 100% loan repayment under the National Health Service Corps’ (NHSC) Loan Repayment Program if a primary care clinician commits to serving in an eligible underserved community for five years.

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/workforce/debt/LT-RepRush-COMMUNITIESActSupport-070721.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 Letter in Support of the Conrad State 30 and Physician Access Act - July 1, 2021

Family physicians are acutely aware of the current shortage of primary care physicians across the country and the important role IMGs play in addressing this shortage. The bill would allow international medical graduates to remain in the U.S. upon completing their residency under the ...

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/workforce/gme/LT-Congress-ConradState30PhysicianAccessAct-070121.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 ...

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

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

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

Joint Letter to Congress Requesting Inclusion of S. 1893 in Reconciliation Package - ...

The AAFP and others urge Congress to include the Rural Physician Workforce Production Act of 2021 (S. 1893) in the upcoming reconciliation bill.

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/workforce/gme/LT-Congress-RuralGMEReconciliation-083121.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.

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

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

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

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

Advocacy

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

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.

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

AAFP Backgrounder - Scope of Practice: Naturopaths

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

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

AAFP Backgrounder - Scope of Practice: Psychologists

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

Advocacy

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

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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 ...

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

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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.

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

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

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

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/health_it/telehealth/TS-SenateFinanceCmte-DavisTelehealth-051921.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 Letter to HRSA on Provider Relief Fund Reporting Burden - August 18, 2021

The AAFP shared feedback from our members and expressed concerns that the required reporting process for the Provider Relief Fund is overly burdensome. We made several suggestions for how HRSA could reduce the burden on physicians.

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/legal/administrative/LT-HRSA-PRFReportingBurden-081821.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

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