Legislation on vision plans exists on both the federal and state levels.
Introduced by Reps. David Loebsack (D-Iowa) and Buddy Carter (R-Georgia), H.R. 3762, the Dental and Optometric Care Access Act (DOC Access Act), would eliminate plan mandates being forced on patients and their doctors, and complement state-level vision plan laws by disallowing detrimental policies by ERISA and other federally regulated plans. If enacted, the legislation would:
- Ensure the doctor has a choice of labs.
- Prevent plans from setting prices for non-covered services and materials.
- Limit plan contracts to two years, unless the doctor chooses to extend the contract for another term.
- Provide a private right of action provision for individual doctors to take offending plans to court.
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For information on current and pending state-level legislation, please visit the AOA State Government Relations Center.
The AOA will use the time to evaluate its collection efforts and create a registry for the future that is most useful to improving eye health and vision care. The AOA launched the registry in 2015.
In a virtual kick-off, the AOA launches Leadership Institute with 130 doctors of optometry from across the country. A project of the AOA Leadership Development Committee, the Institute is a yearlong program designed to grow and support the next generation of leaders in the profession.