Family Medicine Advocacy
The Nebraska Academy of Family Physicians is the trusted advocate for cost effective, comprehensive, quality health care for all Nebraskans and the family physicians who serve them. From fair payment from government and private insurance, to access to care for the medically underserved, NAFP is working hard on your behalf to make sure the voice of family medicine is heard throughout Nebraska.
The Nebraska Academy of Family Physicians actively pursues and supports legislation to:
- Increase access to affordable, quality and comprehensive health care.
- Successfully address the shortage of primary care physicians in Nebraska.
- Significantly improve the overall health of Nebraska and its citizens.
The NAFP supports state policy and legislation that:
- Develops & Implements the Patient-Centered Medical Home Model – The Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) places an emphasis on prevention and wellness to eliminate unnecessary care and could save Nebraska’s Medicaid program millions of dollars. Under the PCMH model, primary care physicians oversee all aspects of a patient’s care and coordinate a team of specialty practitioners to meet the patient’s needs at every stage of life. Also, qualified PCMH physician practices would be eligible for increased payments for face-to-face primary care services and a per-patient, per-month care management fee for each PCMH Medicaid patient.
- Protects Medical Liability Caps – The current statutory medical liability cap on non-economic damages is rational, reasonable and provides stability to Nebraska's health care system. It is vital to maintaining affordable, high quality care in attracting qualified doctors in Nebraska.
- Creates Medical Student Loan Repayment Program – Nebraska has a shortage of primary care physicians. To help fill that gap, the NAFP supports a loan repayment program for medical students who agree to practice in shortage areas in Nebraska, with a special focus on those who specialize in primary care.
- Medicaid/Health Insurance Expansion – The NAFP supports the expansion of health insurance to low income Nebraskans, but rather than simply expanding Medicaid, we prefer using the waiver option to provide access to private health insurance similar to the efforts of Arkansas and Iowa -http://kff.org/health-reform/fact-sheet/medicaid-expansion-through-premium-assistance-arkansas-and-iowas-section-1115-demonstration-waiver-applications-compared/.