The AOA strives to move forward the interests of doctors of optometry and their patients in the U.S. legislatures to ensure that Americans continue to have access to quality vision care.

What optometry’s advocates are championing at AOA on Capitol Hill

Learn about the priority federal issues that hundreds of optometrists and optometry students will take to Capitol Hill as part of optometry’s single-largest annual advocacy gathering, April 14-16, and how you can join.

Capitol Hill inquiries into plan abuses are expanding

Key congressional health panel chairs join forces to probe impact of VBM vertical integration and acquisition strategies.

Vision plan abuses top of mind? Register for AOA’s town hall on reimbursement, coverage fairness advocacy

Thursday, Jan. 4, a profession-wide virtual gathering is called for doctors to speak out, assess 2023 legislative and regulatory gains, and help build new support for policy change.

15 advocacy highlights of 2023

Thanks to advocates, optometry continues to fight and win.

Take Action, Secure Change

Brush up on AOA’s priority issues and connect with your lawmakers to urge their support.

CMS takes aim at Medicare Advantage plans misrepresenting vision benefits

Medicare’s latest proposed rule builds on efforts to rein back Medicare Advantage plans with the AOA contributing comments that reiterate the need to eliminate plans’ barriers to care and promote transparency.

Fighting for veterans, fighting for optometry

Ensuring our nation’s veterans have access to the full range of eye care they need, when and where they need it, has long been a mission for optometry’s advocates. Now, a pair of Veterans Health Administration directives affecting optometry could have far-reaching consequences beyond the nation’s largest integrated health care network.

AOA: No letting up on Eyeglass Rule advocacy

In a recent one-on-one conversation with Federal Trade Commission staff, the AOA again urges the agency to reconsider a proposal requiring patients to sign forms attesting that they have received copies of their eyeglass prescriptions. For small-business optometric practices, the requirement would be burdensome from a paperwork perspective and unnecessary given that consumers are more empowered than ever, the AOA says—again.

AOA and AFOS: ‘Cut through the noise’ and empower licensed doctors of optometry to provide greater access to care to veterans

Eye care is the third-most requested health service by veterans at the VA—and doctors of optometry provide the majority of that care. Yet, as the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) considers new national standards of practice for more than 50 health professions at its facilities, optometrists are making a winning case for expanding their role at an understaffed VA and are galvanizing against baseless attacks from organized medicine, ophthalmology and a few unbending legislators.

AOA: A force to reckon with

Always ready for the profession’s collective defense and advancement, the AOA leverages its full power, might and ability to deliver for you. You and your fellow members are the reason why the AOA remains an advocacy force, able to consistently deliver for doctors and their practices. So, explore how the AOA is working on your behalf.

U.S. House investigative committee calls for scrutiny of vision plans

Amid the AOA’s push for the bipartisan Dental and Optometric Care Access Act, a congressional panel authorized to investigate “any matter at any time” goes public with vision plan concerns and demands for oversight of industry consolidation and vertical integration.