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Executive Director's Update: Relationships

Posted By Chet Seward, Tuesday, October 9, 2018
As I write this article ballots for the 2018 general election will be mailed in just a few weeks. This year’s election will be another big one for Colorado, not only because a new governor will have a new take on health care priorities, but also because of a number of razor tight races for control of the state senate where Republicans currently have a one-seat majority. Things don’t appear to be as close in the House where Democrats have a larger numbers lead, but you never know. As the campaign season heats up, CSEPS has been busy working to ensure your priorities are understood and supported no matter who is in power.

We have endorsed 30 candidates on both sides of the aisle and the past few months have been spent meeting with them one-on-one to share our priorities and to build relationships. Invariably, these candidates have some connection to ophthalmology given a personal condition or a surgery for a family member or close friend. Their stories provide opportunities to emphasize the importance of surgery only being done by surgeons and other priority issues. Often CSEPS physician members attend and the impact is profound. I remember the time a few weeks ago when Richard Kelmenson, MD, succinctly explained to his soon-to-be new state senator the importance of peer review and the impact that removing peer review protections (as the trial lawyers want to try to do next year) would have on patient safety and the stable liability climate in Colorado. These brief yet powerful connections help to cement relationships so that when the tough votes come at the legislature, your legislators know what to do or at the very least who to call for input on eyecare issues. Don’t forget to vote!

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