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Virtual Advocacy Toolkit

Engage with your Lawmakers on ACP’s Key Priority Issues

ACP has developed a virtual advocacy toolkit to enable members to engage with their members of Congress on key ACP policy priorities.

The toolkit is a virtual platform that includes different advocacy mediums such as sample letters, submitted electronically through our Legislative Action Center (LAC), sample talking points, for use in telephone conversations with lawmakers and/or staff, and sample tweets, for use through social medium platforms like Twitter.

ACP has also developed issue briefs on each priority that includes background/context on the issue as well as the “ask of Congress.” Chapters can utilize (and send) these issue briefs if/when they correspond with congressional staff. All materials are designed to be succinct and user-friendly to help facilitate advocacy through a virtual platform.

Educational Materials

Actionable Virtual Advocacy Materials

Support and Sustain Primary and Comprehensive Care

  • CMS should implement increases in Medicare payments for undervalued Evaluation and Management (E/M) Services and complex visits on January 1, 2021 as scheduled without any delay or transition;
  • Congress should pass legislation that provides pay parity for primary care services under Medicare and Medicaid;
  • Congress should require that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) make a targeted allocation out of the Provider Relief Fund (PRF) to primary care physicians and their practices to offset lost revenue and increased expenses, sufficient to keep their doors open;
  • Congress should require that all payers pay for audio-only phone calls and telehealth at the same rate as in-person visits.

Issue brief: Support and Sustain Primary and Comprehensive Care

Send letter to Congress: Visit the Legislative Action Center

Call your members of Congress: Sample talking points

Engage lawmakers through Social Media: Sample Tweets

Support Policies to Ensure Sufficient Numbers of Internal Medicine Specialists

  • Congress should pass legislation to fund Title VII Primary Care and Training Enhancement (PCTE) for FY2021 as well as supply long term funding for the National Health Service Corps and Community Health Centers;
  • Congress should pass the Resident Physician Shortage Reduction Act (S. 348, H.R. 1763), which would lift the GME caps as needed to allow training an adequate number of primary care physicians;
  • Congress should pass the Resident Education Deferred Interest Act (the REDI Act, H.R. 1554), which would save physicians in residency programs thousands of dollars in interest on their loans.

Issue brief: Support Policies to Ensure Sufficient Numbers of Internal Medicine Specialists

Send letter to Congress: Visit the Legislative Action Center

Call your members of Congress: Sample talking points

Engage lawmakers through Social Media: Sample Tweets

Ensure Access to Affordable and Essential Medications

  • Congress should pass the Safe Step Act (H.R. 2279/S. 2546), which would ensure patient access to appropriate treatments based on clinical decision-making and medical necessity, not arbitrary step therapy protocols.
  • Congress should reduce prescription drug costs by passing the Medicare Prescription Drug Price Negotiation Act of 2019 (H.R. 275/S. 62), which would help to reduce drug prices by allowing the federal government to negotiate lower drug prices on behalf of Medicare beneficiaries.
  • Congress should address transparency in prescription drug pricing by passing the Prescription Drug STAR Act (H.R. 2113), which would require manufacturers to justify and explain price spikes on their drugs as well as reveal the price and quantity of the drug free samples that they give to clinicians.

Issue brief: Ensure Access to Affordable and Essential Medications

Send letter to Congress: Visit the Legislative Action Center

Call your members of Congress: Sample talking points

Engage lawmakers through Social Media: Sample Tweets

Support Policies for Frontline Clinicians During the COVID-19 Pandemic

  • Congress should pass the Conrad State 30 and Physician Access Reauthorization Act (S. 948) and the Healthcare Workforce Resilience Act (S. 3599), bills that support the COVID-19 response workforce by expediting visas for international medical graduates (IMGs) to enter the U.S. for training and patient care, permanently authorizing the Conrad 30 Program, and providing a pathway for IMGs and their families already in the U.S to obtain permanent residency status.
  • Congress should pass the Student Loan Forgiveness for Frontline Health Workers Act (H.R. 6720), which would forgive student loans for physicians and other clinicians who are on the frontlines of providing care to COVID-19 patients or helping the health care system cope with the COVID-19 public health emergency.

Issue brief: Support Policies for Frontline Workers During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Send letter to Congress: Visit the Legislative Action Center

Call your members of Congress: Sample talking points

Engage lawmakers through Social Media: Sample Tweets