Over the past few weeks, Illinois ophthalmologist and ASCRS Government Relations Committee member Sandra Yeh, MD, has been busy continuing to develop a relationship with her Congressman, Darin LaHood (R-IL), who serves on the House Ways and Means (W&M) Committee, which has jurisdiction over Medicare. Rep. LaHood has been working back in his district during the August Congressional recess. The two met during a past Alliance of Specialty Medicine Legislative Fly-In, and have stayed in touch ever since. “We are such pals,” Dr. Yeh said of LaHood.
Last week, Dr. Yeh hosted a fundraiser for Rep. LaHood at her home in Springfield, during which she also presented him a check from the ASCRS eyePAC. That event led to the Congressman visiting and touring her practice, Prairie Eye and LASIK Center, this week to better understand how policies set in the nation’s capital affect physicians and their patients. As a longtime ASCRS eyePAC supporter and eyeContact grassroots advocate, Dr. Yeh took the opportunity to discuss important policy issues related to ophthalmology, including maintaining a viable fee-for-service option in Medicare Part B and extending positive physician payment updates to the Medicare physician payment conversion factor included in MACRA, as well as 5% bonus payments for participation in advanced APMs. She understands the importance of having one-on-one time with her elected officials in order to convey the needs of specialists and the patients they treat.
Whether it be discussing issues with their Senator while hand-delivering an eyePAC contribution on behalf of the society, inviting their Representative to visit their practice, hosting a fundraiser for a key candidate, or simply responding to a grassroots action alert, ASCRS and ASOA eyeContacts are active to the extent that suits their availability and comfort level.
If you would like to join ASCRS members like Dr. Yeh and become an eyeContact, please contact Tami O’Brien, manager of PAC and grassroots, at firstname.lastname@example.org.