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.

AOA sees positives in federal children’s eye health legislation

The federal effort to promote early detection of pediatric vision impairments comes as the AOA works toward a multi-year, national eye health and vision mobilization for children.

CMS heeds AOA recommendations on Medicare supplemental benefits

Meaning to provide greater transparency and lower frustration and confusion among beneficiaries with Medicare Advantage plans, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is rolling out new procedures to communicate and to educate its enrollees on accessing their benefits.

'All the advocacy firepower’ called up at AOA on Capitol Hill

Over 500 AOA doctors and optometry students championed the profession’s priority issues in Washington, D.C., including a growing Congressional focus on vision plan abuses.

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.



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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.

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.