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Family physicians learn about important health policy topics and legislation to influence the laws that affect patients and practice. CAFP stays up to date concerning issues related to health care reform, public and private payment, public health, HIT, legal issues, medical practice affairs, insurance and the practice of medicine.
July 19, 2021
Loan Forgiveness Program Progress at Federal Level

The U.S. Department of Education has reopened its “negotiated rule-making process” to make changes to the Higher Education Act, which includes the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (PSLF). CAFP, in partnership with the California Medical Association (CMA), have urged the Department for years to correct an unjust denial of the PSLF benefits to physicians in […]

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June 28, 2021
AAFP Keeps Vaccine Pressure on Congress

In written testimony to a pair of congressional hearings this month, the Academy called for robust funding for education and outreach campaigns encouraging routine immunizations and building vaccine confidence. “Vaccination strategies should leverage trusted primary care physicians to improve access to immunizations in patients’ own communities and build vaccine confidence,” the AAFP said in its […]

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June 14, 2021
CHCF Health Equity Fellowship Program

The California Health Care Foundation (CHCF) has launched the CHCF Health Equity Fellowship Program. The mission of this two-year fellowship is to identify, develop, and support emerging Black, Indigenous, and People of Color leaders who have the capacity to become local and regional catalysts for health equity across California. For the pilot cohort, CHCF is […]

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June 1, 2021
Pass Equality Act, AAFP and Others Tell Senate

CAFP joined AAFP and scores of national and state medical and health care organizations in urging the Senate to improve health equity by passing legislation containing comprehensive nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ Americans. “LGBTQ people need the explicit, permanent protections under our nation’s existing civil rights laws that the Equality Act would provide with regard to […]

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May 22, 2021
An Interview with Dr. Sion Roy

1. What inspired you to become a physician? I went into medical school because I was interested in the science of medicine, but more than that I knew that a career as a physician would be a gift; as I would have the privilege of serving others and spend my career helping people and families […]

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May 20, 2021
2021 Champion of Family Medicine – Senator Melissa Hurtado

Senator Hurtado was awarded the 2021 Champion of Family Medicine award at the 2021 All Member Advocacy Meeting (May 15, 2021) Senator Hurtado is the youngest woman ever elected to the California State Senate. Her Senate district runs from Fresno to south of Bakersfield — some of the richest and most fertile farmland in the […]

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May 20, 2021
2021 Hero of Family Medicine – Jerry Abraham, MD, MPH

Dr. Abraham was awarded the 2021 Hero of Family Medicine award at the 2021 All Member Advocacy Meeting (May 15, 2021) Honestly, this year was an extremely tough competition because SO MANY OF YOU were out there on the frontlines, putting your lives at risk for your patients during very dark and difficult times. Do […]

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May 20, 2021
2021 Family Physician of the Year Jay W. Lee, MD, MPH, FAAFP

Dr. Lee was awarded the 2021 Family Physician of the Year award at the 2021 All Member Advocacy Meeting (May 15, 2021) The California Academy of Family Physicians presents this prestigious award to an individual who exhibits the finest qualities of family physicians, and who goes above and beyond in service to patients and community. […]

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April 15, 2021
Political Pulse – Once More Unto the Breach, Dear Friends!

Originally published in the California Family Physician, Spring 2021 by Carla Kakutani, MD As chair of CAFP’s Legislative Affairs Committee (LAC), I know firsthand how important it is that family physicians be involved in the legislative process. Each year, the LAC has no bigger responsibility than to prioritize roughly 50 bills for CAFP action out […]

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