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View IAFP's Power Point presentation that outlines family medicine and primary care's vital role in public health outcomes.  You can also learn more about the many ways Illinois Academy of Family Physicians is contributing to better health and health care policies in our state.  Click here for the Power Point.  

State Issues   

4/29/14 IAFP Opposes Mandated Hepatitis C screening.  Read testimony provided to the Senate Public Health Committee by IAFP President-Elect Janet Albers, MD of Springfield.

1/13/14 -Past President Javette Orgain, MD of Chicago testified before the health and finance committees of the Chicago City Council supporting regulating the sale of e-cigarettes and including them in the city’s Clean Indoor Air Act.  Read Dr. Orgain's testimony here. 

1/15/14 Press Release -See E-Cigarette Press release

  • View Pictures from Press Conference before the City Council Vote view photos

Letter you can share with parents that explains the requirement of a documented  Tdap booster for students entering 6th-12th grades staring in fall 2013

IAFP memo regarding Essential Health Benefits Options for Illinois’ Health Insurance Exchange Click here

IAFP collaborates with Illinois Chamber of Commerce Health Care Council to announce Medicaid Reform Principles and Recommendations on April 24, 2012  Click here 

IAFP submitted testimony to the various committees holding hearings on Medicaid Reform throughout the Spring Session Click here

IAFP supports a $1 per pack increase in the state’s cigarette tax.  Fact Sheet

IAFP Opposes HB 5823 -which will repeal the right of a health care professional, health care provider or attorney to pursue collection of its reasonable charges for services provided to an injured person by limiting the amount of any lien to a reimbursement rate established by the injured party’s health insurance company even though this insurance company is not responsible for payment of the claim.

New Illinois law allows schools to use Epi-Pens in emergencies without fear of liability

8/12/2011 – IAFP provides testimony to House Health Care Availability and Access committee on a payment system for Medicaid based on medical home principles and quality outcomes.   Read the full testimony.

Spring Into Action recap  IAFP made the most of three busy days at the Statehouse, May 3rd, 4th and 5th.  IAFP residents and students participated on May 3rd and 5th proving that Illinois has some wonderful young physician advocates which will bode well for the future of family medicine!   Residents from Rush-Copley and Northwestern-McGaw came to Springfield on May 3rd, along with Northwestern medical student Theadora Sakata.  On May 5th, a large group from Univ. of Chicago-NorthShore joined the remaining Northwestern residents and SIU resident Virginia Hernandez, MD.  Rounding out the big Thursday group were medical students Mike Parenteau from SIU and graduating Loyola student Bethany Cohen. All together, IAFP met with 43 lawmakers in the Statehouse and staff distributed IAFP information to the remaining senators and representatives.  View Photos

IAFP Supports HB 1530 – assuring mental health parity
IAFP Supports HB 3236
– Insurance Consumer Owned and Operated Plans
IAFP Supports HB 1338
– for the Immunization registry  (IZ Data Registry PDF)
IAFP Support SB 1729 –
benefits for small business and individuals in the state’s insurance exchange


IAFP opposes any exemptions to the Smoke-Free Illinois Act – More information click here 

IAFP Public Health committee chair Rashmi Chugh, MD testified before the House  Human Services Committee on March 9th in support of HB 1338 – establishing rules for the ICARE immunization registry.  Read her testimony click here.

IAFP co-signs letter to Senate Medicaid Reform committee chair. Click here for letterThis letter was submitted January 4, 2011 in advance of the Senate Medicaid Reform Committees final bill passed on January 5th.

IAFP opposes SB 3712 as amended.  Measure would license lay midwives – learn  more click here 

Health Care Summit PowerPoint - Delivery System Change: Improving Quality and Controlling Costs click here 

December Government Relations  - this Update was provided to members of the Government Relations Committee and IAFP Board of Directors during the Annual Meeting.   click here

IAFP Testimony to Medicaid Committees – The General Assembly formed new Medicaid Committees in both the House and Senate.  Committee members are looking specifically for ways to reduce Medicaid costs and create a more efficient system in Illinois with the charge to issue report/recommendations by Jan. 3rdClick here to read IAFP's testimony.

IAFP Testimony regarding Health Insurance Exchange options for Illinois – The Illinois Health Care Reform Implementation Council is charged with providing recommendations to the Governor on how the State should establish an Exchange in Illinois. An Exchange establishes a new marketplace for individuals and small businesses to be able to purchase health insurance or access public benefits. The Council will file a report with initial recommendations to the Governor by December 31, 2010. Click here to read IAFP's testimony.  

Chronic Disease – IAFP submitted written testimony regarding the structure of the chronic disease and health promotion system in Illinois. Click here to read testimony.

IAFP Board members provides testimony to the Illinois Health Care Implementation Task Force-  

Asim Jaffer, MD discussed issues facing the family physician workforce including low numbers of new family physicians, and the payment disparities that cause and perpetuate the shortage. Click here for more  

Dennon Davis, MD also provided testimony to the Task Force.  Dr. Davis discussed payment system reforms, challenges of assuring primary care in rural areas and fostering widespread adoption of electronic medical records and participation in the State's upcoming health information exchange.  Click here for more 

Janet Albers, MD of Springfield talked about the Medicaid system and options for caring for newly Medicaid-eligible patients, as well as those who obtain private insurance in the future under reform.  Click here for more.

IAFP partners with Dept. of Insurance to review health insurance denials and rescissions
IAFP members will review insurance company rescissions currently awaiting DOI action to determine if the insurance company was justified in their actions.  IAFP’s volunteer physicians will provide expert review to enhance the Department’s ability to serve Illinois consumers and provide consult as the Department implements the health insurance reforms of the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Link to the press release from the State of Illinois website

05/11/2010 – IAFP submits testimony in support of the 2010 Illinois State Health Improvement Plan (SHIP).  Read our testimony here.


Tobacco Issues

IAFP Board Member Renee M. Poole, MD testifies in support of ordinances regulating e-cigarettes and flavored tobacco, including menthol before the Chicago City Finance and Health Committees on Dec 9, 2013 Read testimony 

Visit Smoke Free Illinois' website 

AAFP offers Tobacco Cessation resources for patients online Go to for resources you can use to help your patients kick the habit.  Materials include posters, patient education materials, provider toolkits and information on reimbursement.  

Federal Issues

Affordable Care Act – two years later  This fact sheet from the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services provides a snapshot of federal health care reform’s impact on Illinois.

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announces plans for blended payment system for primary care practices.  Initiative will a model of test fee-for-service plus care coordination fees from public and private payers in five to seven markets beginning in summer 2012

AAFP offers solutions to Vice President Joe Biden and the group charged with negotiating the debt ceiling and reducing the federal deficit.  Their June 20 letter offers a complete revolution of physician payment systems to restrain the unsustainable growth in health care costs. Click here

6/9/11 IAFP submits written testimony on family medicine principles for sustaining Medicaid at IL Congressional hearing on Medicaid – held on June 9 by Democratic Reps. Jan Schakowsky, Mike Quigley, Danny Davis and Bobby Rush.  Read the full testimony.

9/9/11 IAFP submits comments and concerns on the Medicare Shared Savings Program with the Illinois Congressional Delegation.  Read the letter .

5/26/2011 AAFP Article offers guidance on HIPAA 5010 Transaction Standards for 2012 click here 

5/12/2011  IAFP leaders spend time talking about Family Medicine needs on Capitol Hill click here for YouTube video
IAFP board members and AAFP Key Contacts participated in the AAFP Family Medicine Congressional Conference May 9-10 in Washington, DC.  Family Physicians from around the country spent the first day learning about the issues in a variety of education sessions.  IAFP member Jerry Kruse, MD of Quincy, who is also a member of the Council on Graduate Medical Education (COGME), was a panel presenter during the session discussing primary care training. 

IAFP attendees spent May 10th on Capitol Hill and met with most members of the Illinois Congressional Delegation, renewing old acquaintances and introducing newly-elected representatives to family medicine and the Academy.

07/27/2010 - IAFP member Matt Winkleman, MD of Harrisburg joins AAFP president-elect Roland Goertz, MD to testify before Congress on the HITECH Act.  Read his testimony here.

IAFP urges Congress to extend enhanced FMAP rate Read our letter  to all 21 members of Congress from Illinois.


For policy studies on primary care and family medicine, plus fascinating one-pagers to share with decision makers and colleagues, the AAFP's Robert Graham Policy Center is one stop shopping.  Go to

Link to to read about federal issues 

Contact Your Legislator

Contact Your Federal Legislator -
AAFP's Speak Out Service can help contact your state and federal legislators.  Click here to find out topics of concern and how to contact your legislators. Watch a YouTube video made by a FP that shows you how to use Speak Out click here.  

Track Health Policy as it Happens.  The free service features web casts, daily news summaries, a national health policy calendar, searchable archives and more.  Sign up to receive e-mail delivery of the services at 

Plug into current information on the bills you care about in the General Assembly.  Go to and you can 

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  • Find out contact information for all members of the General Assembly

  • Find out when bills will be heard in committee hearings

  • Find out the final vote on bills you care about and how your legislator voted

Become an IAFP Key Contact - - We need a family physician in every legislative district ready to answer the call and speak up for family medicine to support or stop a bill in Springfield .  For more information and a sign up form, click here.



Cook-Witter Inc. - Find out what is happening in Springfield, IL .

AAFP Policy page - Hop onto the American Academy of Family Physicians' Policy page and find even more information relating to family practice and government relations.  Find out what is happening in Washington DC.

Capitol Fax - Home page designed to be your first stop to get just about any info you want on Illinois politics and government. 

Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services   You can access Kid Care info and applications 

Illinois Department of Public Health 

Illinois Department of Professional Regulations:   Access licensure information through this website.

Illinois General Assembly - Use this improved site to track specific bills and committee hearings, find your legislator, even make your own "personal list" of legislation to track throughout the session.

U.S. Congress

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