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Rep. Diana DeGette honored for efforts to preserve access to quality medical eye care

Posted By Chet Seward, Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The American Academy of Ophthalmology recently honored Colorado Congresswoman Diana DeGette for her important efforts to advocate for enhancing and preserving access to quality eye care in the United States. Rep. DeGette is one of nine 2017 recipients of the Visionary Award for important efforts to advocate for enhancing and preserving access to quality eye care in the United States.

CSEPS leaders were on hand during the award presentation that occurred during the AAO Mid-year Forum. 


From left, CSEPS President Alan Kimura, MD, MPH, and CSEPS President-elect Leo Seibold, MD, share a laugh with Congresswoman DeGette during the Visionary Award ceremony.

Rep. DeGette was instrumental in a bicameral effort to prevent the implementation of a proposal that would have inadvertently jeopardized patients’ access to eye care treatment. Her leadership helped compel the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to reconsider adopting a flawed Medicare Part B drug demonstration as a way to curb rising health care costs. Like AAO, CSEPS is grateful for her leadership.

 

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