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Regional Advocacy Meetings strengthen states’ advocacy, collaboration

The four regional advocacy meetings across the U.S. this summer and fall look to build upon the profession’s historic statehouse momentum in recent years. Learn how you can get involved.

AOA doctors, students cover Capitol Hill with push for bipartisan bill to curb plan abuses

AOA-led effort builds Congressional support for the DOC Access Act, delivering in-person briefings for members of Congress and strong backing from the American Dental Association and national pro-patient groups.

AOA and South Carolina doctors expose and defeat retail lobby group’s influence scheme

Already the subject of one complaint to the IRS, the National Association of Optometrists and Opticians (NAOO), a lobbying “front” for large optical retailers, was called out to legislators for deceptive tactics and seeking a self-serving overhaul of patient health and safety standards. The AOA follows up on winning activism of South Carolina doctors with a new push for a federal investigation of NAOO tax exempt status.

1% sequester cut on April 1: AOA urges Congress’ immediate attention on Medicare pay

The first of two Medicare sequester cuts loom on the horizon for doctors’ pay with additional cuts anticipated later this year. How AOA and others are working to avert an impending fiscal cliff.

Fight for Optometry

The AOA is the only advocate for optometry. Discover how you can help optometry keep a seat at the table whenever and wherever health care policy decisions are being made.
Virginia gains optometric laser procedures for glaucoma, post-cataract care

Virginia becomes the ninth state—and third since 2021—to expand its optometric scope of practice to include these contemporary procedures.

AOA to CMS: Hold Medicare Advantage plans accountable

In a March 2 letter to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the AOA urged more action to support patient access to eye health and vision care under Medicare Advantage plans.

1-800 Contacts’ attempt to undermine law thwarted by Georgia doctors yet again

Doctors of optometry repeatedly leverage long relationships to ensure patient safety in delivering eye care and overcoming push by 1-800 Contacts. The lesson: Be proactive and reactive.

AOA, MOA rebuff insurer’s reprisals against Mississippi eye care providers

Mississippi ophthalmologists participating in preceptorships for optometry’s newly authorized YAG laser capsulotomy procedure faced threat of losing malpractice insurance coverage.

AOA, affiliates prompt changes to MAC claims processing

Direct third-party advocacy remains a critical component of the AOA and affiliates’ mission, helping support practice success by ensuring patients can freely access the broadening scope of eye health and vision care delivered by optometry. But advocacy requires a team effort, and optometry’s advocates have an opportunity this spring to help bring about the payer changes the profession needs.

Payer issues hot topic at AOA on Capitol Hill

The agenda for AOA on Capitol Hill April 24-26 will be dominated by issues uppermost on member-doctors’ minds. Open to doctors of optometry and optometry students, register now.