Advocacy News

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.
September 3, 2021
California Family Physicians Stand with Texas Abortion Providers

Law Threatens Access to Health Services The California Academy of Family Physicians (CAFP) strongly denounces SB 8, the Texas law which allows private individuals to sue abortion providers and anyone else who assists a person in obtaining an abortion. The CAFP recognizes that an individual has the right to make their own reproductive decisions. In […]

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August 30, 2021
Show and Tell: How to Achieve High Quality Primary Care

By Laura Murphy, DO The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine released a report in May titled, “Implementing High Quality Primary Care: Rebuilding the Foundation of Health Care”. In the report the committee outlines an implementation plan on how to achieve high quality primary care (HQPC) through 5 main objectives: Pay for primary care […]

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August 2, 2021
CAFP Updated Resolutions for July 2021

CAFP has updated the chart reflecting the actions taken by the Board on all resolutions which has been posted here. As a reminder, the chart of actions taken is updated after each quarterly meeting of the Board and posted to the website and shared with members via the Academy in Action newsletter. While the majority of […]

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July 27, 2021
Dr. Campo’s Experience: Advocacy in Family Medicine

By Dr. Melissa Campos MD Part of our role as Family Medicine Physicians is to be advocates.  We can advocate in the clinic for our patients or we can extend our advocacy beyond the walls of the clinic to the larger community. I first started to consider advocacy on a larger level when I was […]

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July 20, 2021
Protect MICRA – Community Ambassador Training

While frontline healthcare heroes like you were hard at work protecting Californians throughout the pandemic, proponents of the so-called “Fairness for Injured Patients Act” (FIPA) were advocating for their trial attorney-backed measure that will limit access to care during the worst possible time by eliminating key Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act (MICRA) protections. While the […]

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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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