Illinois senator receives the 2015 AOA Health Care Leadership Award

Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL) presented with the 2105 AOA Health Care Leadership Award from Vince Brandys, O.D.
Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL) presented with the 2105 AOA Health Care Leadership Award from Vince Brandys, O.D.

Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL) received the 2015 AOA Health Care Leadership Award on behalf of the American Optometric Association, Illinois Optometric Association, the Illinois College of Optometry, and the Illinois Eye Institute.

Senator Kirk and Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) are the lead sponsors of the bipartisan legislation (S. 898) that would make optometrists eligible once again for the National Health Service Corps student loan repayment and scholarship programs.

"The number of American adults who suffer from vision loss is expected to double in the next fifteen years, despite cost-effective measures of prevention and intervention," Senator Kirk said. "With the help of the American Optometric Association and Illinois College of Optometry we can take the first step towards ensuring better eye and vision care in rural and medically underserved areas."