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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 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 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 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

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 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 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

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

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

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

AAFP Backgrounder: LGBTQ+ Health

The AAFP supports full legal equality for same-gender families, including individuals that identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or queer or questioning (LGBTQ+), as well as access to health care that addresses health disparities that occur within this historically ...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/equality/BKG-LGBTQ+Health.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

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 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 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

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 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 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

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