Legislative Priorities
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2019 Legislative Priorities

The MAFP Legislative Committee, co-chaired by Lauren Williams, MD, and Jeremy Springer, MD, has developed priorities for 2019, with input from members.

Priority One: Prior Authorization

The first priority relates to prior authorization hassles. The MAFP will support initiatives that ensure prescribers receive alternative options in real time when a medication is denied and support initiatives to stop health plans from changing drug formularies mid-year for patients who have started a drug therapy.

Priority Two: Healthcare Safety Net Program Funding

The second priority is focused on ensuring ongoing, stable funding for healthcare safety net programs. The current 2% provider tax is scheduled to be repealed at the end of 2019 and no alternative funding source has been identified. The MAFP supports efforts to find alternative funding sources for the Health Care Access Fund. The programs funded by the Health Care Access Fund are vital and the MAFP is committed to their preservation.

Additional Priorities: Family Physician Workforce & Primary Care Spending

The MAFP will continue to work on ensuring an adequate supply of family physicians throughout the state, as well as ensuring sufficient spending on primary care services.

Through the House of Delegates, MAFP members identified numerous other issues of importance. MAFP will be monitoring those with a possible legislative component, including immunization policy, prescription drug pricing, gun violence prevention, efforts to address the opioid crisis, access to direct primary care and more. MAFP will be advocating positions and partnering with others to take action when appropriate.

Ready to Engage Your Legislators?

Jami Burbidge, MAFP director of member engagement, can help you schedule a meeting with your legislator, either at the Capitol or in your community. This is critical to ensure that the MAFP voice is heard on issues that matter most to family docs.

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