Family Medicine Matters Doctors Practicing Advocacy
Background• 6 Democrats and 6 Republicans were named to a “super committee” as a part of the debt ceiling deal• On November 23, 2011, these legislators must present a plan to reduce the federal deficit by $1.2 trillion over the next 10 years• 3 key issues are at the forefront for family physicians during this tumultuous time
AAFP’s Goals1. SGR o Repeal the SGR o Set a payment rate for the next three to five years so that different systems can be studied. o Within this rate, give primary care a 3 higher percent increase.2. GME o Protect graduate medical education funding.3. Title VII, Section 747 o Pass the Administration’s proposal of 140 million.
Grassroots Tactics• Video messages from Dr. Stream to AAFP members• Email blast directing people to watch the videos• Online content urging people to send letters to Congress.• ANN articles describing the issues, and reiterating the calls to action.• Dr. Stream’s blog featuring the calls to action.• Posting Dr. Stream’s videos to Facebook and Twitter.
Success so Far 1000 AAFP members have sent 1,800 letters to Congress!Visit www.aafp.org/grassroots to send your letter today.