Advocacy Action Center
Grassroots advocacy is powerful. As a family physician, you are a healthcare expert who legislators need and want to hear from as they make decisions impacting your patients/their constituents, your community, and the practice of medicine. Below are ways you can get involved to influence the legislative and policy making process.
Have questions? Contact MAFP's Director of Government Relations, Matt Black, at [email protected] or 517.664.9082.
Your voice is strong—even more so when united with your family physician colleagues. As legislation is considered in the Michigan Legislature and Congress, MAFP members can expect to receive action alerts via email and/or text. Action alerts are calls to action that ask you to share your story, voice your opinion, and educate your legislators with the facts they need to know in order to make informed decisions. Below are current issues needing your voice.
STATE ACTION ALERTS
Urge Your State Senator and Senate Health Policy & Human Services Committee to Oppose Out-of-State Telehealth Licensure Bill
- HB 4355 would allow for out-of-state licensed physicians and other healthcare professionals to provide telehealth services to Michigan residents without obtaining a Michigan license.
- Click here to learn more and advocate against passage of HB 4355.
Urge State Legislators to Reform the Prior Authorization Process
- Prior authorization and step therapy delay care and treatment for Michigan patients. It's time for a change. Because health can't wait.
- Click here to learn more, share your story, and ask your state lawmaker to support prior authorization reform legislation.
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New! MAFP's State Bill Status Tracker
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Details the most recent activity on state legislation that the MAFP advocacy team is tracking for impact on access to care, the practice of family medicine, and the patient-physician relationship in Michigan. Highlighted in yellow are bills that have been recently updated. This document will be continually updated as bills move through the legislative process and new legislation is introduced.
Providing testimony during a legislative hearing and nurturing relationships are two of the most effective ways to educate legislators about the positive or negative impacts a proposed piece of legislation may have on the practice of Medicine and the health of Michiganders.
If you are an expert or passionate about an issue or a specific bill being considered in the Michigan Legislature and would like to provide testimony during a committee hearing, or if you have an established relationship with an elected official, let us know so MAFP’s Director of Government Affairs, Matt Black, can connect with you.
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Learn about the elected officials who represent you at the local, state, and federal level, based on your home and/or work address.
Meet With Your Elected Officials
If you are going to be in Lansing or Washington, DC, or you want to host an elected official at your practice and would like MAFP to assist you in arranging the visit, contact MAFP's Director of Government Affairs, Matt Black, at [email protected] or 517.664.9082.
The Advocacy Committee—comprised of MAFP members working with the Director of Government Affairs, Matt Black—meets four times during the year to discuss current and changing trends in the policy environment and to set MAFP’s legislative strategy and priorities. Committee members receive regular communication updates from MAFP.
No experience is needed to serve on the committee, only an interest and desire to serve your colleagues and patients by making a difference on advocacy issues impacting family medicine.
Applications are due by March 1 for a two-year appointment beginning in August.
Michigan Family Medicine Advocacy Day
Hosted annually in February by MAFP and Michigan Association of Osteopathic Family Physicians in downtown Lansing. Includes a morning advocacy seminar, legislative luncheon, and in-office meetings with legislators to talk about advocacy priorities. There is no cost to attend.
MAFP Advocacy & Leadership Development Program
A one-day immersion program hosted bi-annually by MAFP in downtown Lansing in December. Sessions on grassroots advocacy, leadership, lobbying, media relations, and political fundraising are designed to help shape attendees into advocacy leaders in their clinics, programs, and communities.
MAFP Annual Meeting
MAFP's state-level forum for the membership to make governance and business decisions. Whether you are a new or established family physician, retired from practice, or in residency or medical school, MAFP seeks the input from all members on its policies, programs, and services. Traditionally held in August each year.
AAFP Family Medicine Advocacy Summit
Over the course of two days, family physicians learn about the issues facing their specialty and best practices for sharing the family medicine story with elected officials. The Summit, held in the spring in Washington, DC, is the perfect opportunity for family physicians to get practical, hands-on experience advocating within the legislative process.
AAFP State Legislative Conference
Learn about issues influencing healthcare and how to effect change where you live. Connect with health policy experts, family physicians, chapter leaders, and AAFP staff. Build your list of contacts to call on for insights and recommendations.
AAFP Congress of Delegates
AAFP's policy-making body, which traditionally convenes in the fall. All AAFP members are welcome to participate in hearings of the five reference committees: advocacy, education, health of the public and science, organization and finance, and practice enhancement. These reference committees consider business (resolutions) items referred to them for recommendation to the COD for debate and action.
AAFP National Conference of Constituency Leaders
NCCL—hosted in Kansas City, MO, in the spring—is AAFP’s leadership development event that empowers a select group of change makers to catalyze positive change in family medicine. NCCL inspires constituents representing new physicians, women physicians, LGBT physicians/physician allies, minority physicians, and international medical graduates to build their leadership skills and create a lasting impact for current and future generations of family physicians.
AAFP Student & Resident Congresses
Through these forums, resident and student members elect their national officers and advocate for a wide variety of issues and causes. Many of the initiatives launched by residents and students are now AAFP policy. Many family medicine leaders got their start in the resident and student congresses. The congresses meet during AAFP's National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students, held in Kansas City, MO, in the summer.