Federal Advocacy

Ensuring the voice of the PA profession is heard in Washington, DC, AAPA works closely with federal lawmakers, the White House, and government agencies to advance the PA profession and remove barriers that prevent patients from receiving high-quality, cost-effective care provided by PAs.

AAPA Rally on Capitol Hill

Federal Priorities

Read factsheets on current AAPA policy priorities, including fighting the opioid epidemic and advancing the PA profession.

Communications with Congress

Find AAPA’s communications with Congress, including letters and comments on legislation. The advocacy team promotes our priorities and the PA profession.

Communications with Federal Executive Branch

Read the latest communications from AAPA to federal agencies and find out how AAPA works to promote the profession through regulatory advocacy.



PA PAC provides a means for PAs to participate in the political process on a national level.

Advocacy Action Center

Advocacy Action Center

Communicate with legislators on PA priority issues.

State Practice Profiles

State Practice Profiles

View a snapshot of PA practice in your state.

PAs should continue to use “physician assistant” or “PA” as their official legal title in a professional capacity, particularly in clinical settings and with patients. AAPA is transitioning to use “physician associate” when possible and when it does not present a legal or regulatory conflict. For more information, please visit FAQs.