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.
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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March 29, 2021
2021 CAFP Proposed Bylaws Update – Summary of Changes

Pursuant to the CAFP bylaws, officer terms are tied to the Clinical Forum. To avoid uncertainty in years in which there is not a Clinical Forum, the CAFP Governance Committee and Board recommend an adjustment to the bylaws. Specifically, that the CAFP bylaws be adjusted such that officer terms are not tied to an annual […]

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March 12, 2021
All Member Advocacy Meeting extended to include a day for advocacy – May 15 and 16

As you can imagine, the 2021 All Member Advocacy Meeting (AMAM) will be a bit different than in previous years. CAFP is excited to announce that the AMAM will now take place over two days May 15-16 to include a day devoted to advocacy.  AMAM will still be virtual with day one, Saturday, May 15, focused on […]

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January 8, 2021
Governor’s Proposed Budget Maintains Health Spending

Governor Gavin Newsom released his 2021-22 State Budget proposal today, marking the beginning of a five-month long budget negotiation with the State Legislature. Despite dire predictions last year of a significant budget shortfall, California’s fiscal outlook looks strong for 2021-22 with a multibillion-dollar surplus. Many health programs will be maintained or augmented, including $33 million in ongoing […]

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January 5, 2021
COVID Relief Funds and Extenders Help California

Before the end of the federal legislative session, Congress passed and the President signed a package of bills that provide states and individuals with COVID-19 support and funds, renew several important health care programs, and make key health care policy changes. In a major win for primary care, the bills extend funding for Community Health […]

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