The legislative priorities of the Indiana Academy of Family Physicians are recommended each year by the IAFP Commission on Legislation and approved by the Board of Directors.
Family Physician Shortage
Just at a time when America needs more family physicians we see fewer and fewer students choosing this specialty and family physicians leaving the workforce earlier. During each legislative session the IAFP works to maintain family medicine residency funding, and advocates for higher Medicaid payments for family physicians.
Scope of Practice
The IAFP works to ensure that other health professionals’ scope of practice does not exceed their training. We commonly see expansions sought by non-nurse midwives, physical therapists, and pharmacists in Indiana. The IAFP also works to protect the scope of practice of family physicians including securing their ability to do certain surgical procedures.
Smokefree Workplaces and Tobacco Taxation
The IAFP supports comprehensive and effective public policy measures that prevent and reduce smoking and other tobacco use in the state, including funding the Indiana Tobacco Prevention & Cessation Agency (ITPC) at the level recommended by the CDC; increasing the state tobacco taxes; and, eliminating secondhand smoke from all workplaces, including restaurants, bars and gaming facilities.