Through our articles, resources and multiple communications CMS offers ongoing educational services to its members and their practices.

CMS members often identify advocacy as an important aspect of their CMS membership. Our challenge has been promoting statewide physician involvement, a key piece of CMS advocacy strategy. The following are just a few of the advocacy opportunities available to CMS members.

During the legislative session (January to May each year):

  • Contact your local legislator and/or the CMS government relations team regarding legislation that directly affects your practice or patients.
  • Testify in committee.
  • Host and/or participate in legislative conversations, town halls and receptions.
  • Cultivate relationships with local legislators. Let them know you are a resources for health care-related questions.
  • Participate in the Council on Legislation (COL). COL bylaws allow only two voting members from any society or specialty group; however, all members are welcome to attend meetings in person or by phone.
  • Participate in CMS workgroups and task forces.
  • Answer CMS surveys.

During elections (each summer through the first week of November):

  • Participate in/donate to COMPAC, CMS's bipartisan political action committee.
  • Donate to the Small Donor Committee, which gives money only to lawmakers who vote 100 percent with CMS on liability issues.
  • Participate in candidate interviews held jointly by CMS and your local medical society.
  • Cultivate relationships with candidates. Let them know you are a resource for health care-related questions.
  • Learn if CMS has endorsed a candidate in your district by reading Colorado Medicine, ASAP e-newsletters or contacting the government relations team.
  • Most important, vote!

Thank you for your involvement!

Tuesday, November 01, 2016
Election Day 2016
COMPAC-endorsed candidates win 78 of 85 federal and state election races

Tuesday, November 01, 2016
Amendment 69 member survey
All-member survey demonstrates need for system change

Thursday, September 01, 2016
Prescription drug abuse
New federal law to support fight against opioid epidemic

Thursday, September 01, 2016
COMPAC announces candidate endorsements
Physicians urged to consider recommendations

Thursday, September 01, 2016
November ballot initiatives
Increase the threshold for amending the state constitution

Thursday, September 01, 2016
November ballot initiatives
CMS and CAFP urge support for state cigarette tax increase

Monday, June 20, 2016
AMA Annual Meeting report
Colorado delegation passes resolution on physician satisfaction

Friday, May 20, 2016
Confronting a crisis
An open letter to America’s physicians on playing a role in reversing the opioid epidemic

Friday, May 20, 2016
2016 legislative overview

Tuesday, March 01, 2016
National Advocacy Conference
CMS leaders storm the Hill to educate congressional legislators

Tuesday, March 01, 2016
AMA urges DOJ to block mergers
AMA Antitrust Attorney Henry Allen explains dangers to physicians and patients of allowing health plan mergers

Tuesday, March 01, 2016
Cover: Insurance company mergers must be rejected by regulators
Proposals will jeopardize office-based physician practices