Below is an email I received from the KSA president. I urge all of you reading this to call the governors office and let your thoughts be heard, either directly or by message. It is easy to do.
All attendings, residents, med students, civilians... anybody. You don't have to live there to let them know your feelings.
As many of you may have already heard, the Governor has signed an opt-out letter. KSA has worked diligently and successfully for more than a dozen years with three (3) different Governor's against opt-out. Last year, the KY Hospital Association joined the nurse anesthetists in lobbying the Governor to opt out. KSA has been in regular dialogue with the Governorís Office; we have asked them for a formal meeting, and we have asked for the letter to be rescinded. We have also spoken with ASA staff today about our options and will be exploring all of them.
At this point, I encourage you to call the Governorís Office at (502) 564-2611 and register your opposition to this action. You should have gotten the call to action from the ASA, but in case you want to review the key points, I have attached that to this e-mail. A little noise goes a long way in Frankfort. Please let your voices be heard. When you call, ask to leave a message for the Governor. If you have a personal relationship with the Governor or any member of his staff, please ask to speak directly with him/her. I have attached talking points for you to use. Please let us know if you receive any feedback.
Heidi M Koenig, MD
President, Kentucky Society of Anesthesiologists