April 20, 2020

Dear Colleagues:

Though we are all trying to piece together our personal and professional lives, it is important to take part in helping the AAO advocate on our behalf. There are a few ways that you can make an impact.

Send a form letter to your legislator. Use this link to enter in your information and easily send an email to your representative in support of the many physician groups who have requested aid to ensure physician practices weather the financial hit from the public health emergency. You can make a difference. Tell Congress that physicians need their help. 

Participate in a virtual advocacy day on May 12, 2020. This is another key opportunity for ophthalmologists to share their stories about how the COVID-19 pandemic impacted both their patients and their practices. Academy staff will schedule appointments with congressional offices and share training materials, talking points and other resources to ensure you have successful meetings with your lawmakers and congressional staff. Register for the virtual event here.

Please check the AAO and MedChi websites for the most current COVID-19 information. For archived versions of these updates visit the MSEPS website.

Stay Safe & Healthy
Renee Bovelle, MD
MSEPS President
Dear MedChi Members and Maryland Physicians:

We hope you had a pleasant weekend. Here's what we want to share with you today:



  • Here is today's MedChi News, our weekly member email newsletter. We are sharing this resource with all physicians during this public health crisis.

´╗┐Visit MedChi's  COVID-19 Resource Page   regularly for more information and resources as we work through this crisis together.

Thank you for all that you do as physicians, healers, and heroes.

Gene Ransom
MedChi CEO

On March 18, the American Academy of Ophthalmology issued a practice guidance document titled "New Recommendations for Urgent and Nonurgent Patient Care"that said, in part, "Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the American Academy of Ophthalmology now finds it essential that all ophthalmologists cease providing any treatment other than urgent or emergent care immediately."

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Financial Resources

Resources to Help Your Small Business Survive the Coronavirus 

**As of 5 p.m. on April 6, Commerce is no longer accepting new applications for its COVID-19 Relief Grant and Loan Programs.**

Maryland Small Business COVID-19 Emergency Relief Loan Fund

Maryland Small Business COVID-19 Emergency Relief Grant Fund
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