all member advocacy meeting update
board actions on 2017 resolutions
To date, the CAFP Board of Directors has taken the following actions on resolutions submitted in 2017:
A-01-17 – Repeal the Hyde Amendment
The Board accepted the first two Resolveds of this resolution as current CAFP policy:
RESOLVED, that the California Academy of Family Physicians (CAFP) endorse the principle that women receiving health care paid for through health plans funded by state or federal governments who have coverage for continuing a pregnancy also should have coverage for ending a pregnancy; and be it further
RESOLVED, that the CAFP urge the AAFP to engage in advocacy and lobbying efforts to overturn the Hyde Amendment, which bans federal funding for abortions; and be it further
The Board approved substitute Resolveds for the third and fourth Resolveds:
RESOLVED, that the CAFP submit a resolution to the 2017 American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) Congress of Delegates calling on AAFP to endorse the principle that women receiving health care paid for through health plans funded by state or federal governments and who have coverage for continuing a pregnancy also should have coverage for ending a pregnancy; and be it further
RESOLVED, that the CAFP submit a resolution to the 2017 American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) Congress of Delegates calling on AAFP to engage in advocacy and lobbying efforts to overturn the Hyde Amendment, which bans federal funding for abortions.
A resolution seeking to achieve the third and fourth Resolveds has been submitted to the American Academy of Family Physicians’ 2017 Congress of Delegates.
A-02-17 – Call for a Physical Activity Vital Sign in Clinical Practice
The Board adopted the following substitute resolution for A-02-17 at its April 7, 2017 meeting:
RESOLVED, that California Academy of Family Physician (CAFP) encourage family physicians to recommend that adults aged 18–64 do at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity throughout the week or do at least 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity throughout the week or an equivalent combination of moderate- and vigorous-intensity activity, and be it further
RESOLVED, that the California Academy of Family Physicians develop policy to encourage family physicians to make a routine, standardized and widespread practice of measuring patients’ habitual physical activity, and consider physical activity a “vital sign,” be to assessed at clinical visits as appropriate and to engage patients in conversation and preventative counseling to ensure they are aware of and understand the proven connection between regular physical activity and optimal health.
The resolution has been shared with the Academy’s Committee on Continuing Professional Development.
A-03-17 – Endorse Restriction of Antibiotic Use in Food Animals
The Board adopted the following substitute resolution for A-03-17 at its April 7, 2017 meeting:
RESOLVED, That CAFP urge that non-therapeutic use in animals of antimicrobials that are also used in humans should be terminated or phased out to protect the efficacy of these medications in human medicine and urges that AAFP do the same; and be it further
RESOLVED: That CAFP encourages bulk purchasers of foodstuffs, including restaurant chains, school and hospitals, to adopt policies encouraging procurement of foodstuffs from food animals raised with no medically important antibiotics except when given on a therapeutic basis (on a non-routine basis, or for a diagnosed disease) by a licensed veterinarian with an established veterinarian client-patient relationship and urges AAFP to encourage the same.
The Board directed that this policy be included in CAFP’s policy manual and that the Legislative Affairs Committee and staff be informed about it. A resolution has been submitted to the AAFP’s 2017 Congress of Delegates.
A-04-17 – Acknowledge the Negative Health Impacts of Artificial Food Colors and Endorse Their Elimination from the American Food System
The Board voted not to adopt Res. A-04-17 in the absence of additional evidence supporting the negative health effects from artificial food colors/dyes, at its April 7, 2017 meeting. The authors were informed.
A-05-17 – Protect the Integrity of the Affordable Care Act
The Board accepted Res. A-05-17 as current policy on April 7, 2017 and the author was informed.
RESOLVED: That the California Academy of Family Physicians advocate for the AAFP to work with Congressional leaders to reinforce the importance of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, maintain the key components of the legislation with regard to coverage, quality and affordability in order to keep Americans healthy and reduce health care costs, and work to improve the law rather than repeal and replace it; and be it further
RESOLVED: That the California Academy of Family Physicians advocate for the AAFP to work with legislators on preserving the ACA's Contraceptive Mandate, that contraception be covered by health plans as preventative care, without co-pay.
A-06-17 – New Search Options for Specific Residency Characteristics in the Residency Directory on the AAFP Website
The Board adopted the following substitute resolution for Res. A-06-17 at its April 7, 2017 meeting:
RESOLVED: That CAFP will consult with the CAFP Residency Network (CRN) to create a supplemental area in the CAFP online residency directory to allow California residencies to provide information on the wide range of services they provide, including RHEDI programs, palliative medicine, cross cultural care, sports medicine, etc.; and be it further
RESOLVED: That CAFP will ask the CAFP Residency Network (CRN) also to consider the six questions previously developed by the CRN and those in the original Res. A-06-17 for inclusion in the supplemental area in the CAFP online residency directory and to hold such a discussion at the CRN meeting at the September Student-Resident Summit, with a report back to the Board at its November meeting.
ER-01-17 – Studying Single Payer in California
At its April 7, 2017 meeting, the Board referred ER-01-17 to the Legislative Affairs Committee for recommendation back to the Board of Directors, noting that SB 562 in its current form was insufficiently developed and the Legislative Affairs Committee had recommended a Close Watch position on this spot bill. The bill subsequently was passed by the State Senate and moved to the Assembly, where it has been removed from consideration by the Speaker because it lacked a funding mechanism, among other provisions. CAFP has prepared a comparison of the bill to the previous single payer bill passed by the Assembly and Senate but vetoed by then Governor Schwarzenegger. The Legislative Affairs Committee will review the resolution at its October meeting.
ER-02-17 – Protecting Medicaid Beneficiaries with Disabilities against Per Capita Caps
The CAFP Board accepted Res. ER-02-17 as current policy at its April 7, 2017 meeting and the author was informed:
RESOLVED: That the California Academy of Family Physicians opposes any and all attempts to cut federal Medicaid funding, both with respect to the Community First Choice State Plan Option, Medicaid funds to people with disabilities receiving Home and Community Based Services, and the broader Medicaid Program.
RESOLVED: That the California Academy of Family Physicians calls upon its national representatives to work expeditiously to oppose any such plans to cut Medicaid funding to the states, emphasizing the uniquely damaging role that such a plan would have on low-income people and people with disabilities.
RESOLVED: That the California Academy of Family Physicians will work to communicate to California’s congressional delegation its strong opposition to any such proposal to cut Medicaid funding.
get ready for the 2018 amam!
CAFP’s 2018 All Member Advocacy Meeting will be held Saturday-Sunday, March 10-11, 2018, followed by
Family Medicine Lobby Day on Monday, March 12. Our meeting again will be at The Citizen Hotel in Sacramento, but will start a little earlier and end a little earlier on the first day – an 11 am start-time and a 4 pm end-time. A draft schedule will be available online for review in August. If you’d like to make your reservation at The Citizen, please call 916-447-2700 and mention that you should receive the Academy’s convention rate of $169 plus tax.
The deadline for receipt of resolutions for the 2018 CAFP All Member Advocacy Meeting (AMAM) is December 18, 2017. Resolutions submitted by the deadline will be included in the Participants Handbook, accompanied by Fiscal and Speaker’s Notes as needed. The Handbook will be available to attendees in early February. Resolution authors and others are invited to testify before the CAFP Board of Directors during the AMAM. No action will be taken on the resolutions at the AMAM, but the Board will consider what actions should be taken during the course of the year and will report back at the next AMAM as to their disposition. As a reminder, CAFP members are invited to submit proposed policy resolutions to the CAFP Board of Directors at any time during the year, not just at the AMAM.