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‘Profits over patients cannot continue’ with VBMs; Texas testifies at health insurance hearing

As Texas defends its landmark law curbing vision benefit managers (VBMs), doctors of optometry testify at a hearing on the state’s health insurance market.

Kentucky attorney general holds Warby Parker accountable for its online vision test

Enduring advocacy by the Kentucky Optometric Association regarding retailer’s online eye test shows results as its state attorney general reaches settlement with Warby Parker that results in a fine announced May 10.

New York assembly bill potentially sows division in health care

Focus should be on collective care and not burdening doctors of optometry who are providing patients with the benefit of their advanced education, training and care. Organized medicine has opposed the growing scope authority of optometrists around the country and the bill echoes recent efforts to stymie optometry’s effort to provide greater access to care by patients.

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.

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California warily watches ‘not-a-doctor’ wording in Senate bill

A recently amended California bill tackles who can and can’t be called a doctor in California. The California Optometric Association is on top of the issue, making sure the exclusionary wording does not apply to the state’s doctors of optometry. Not-a-doctor legislation emerged in several states last year, each effort defeated by optometry.

Contacts Lens Prescription Modernization Act introduced as next step in ending damaging robocalls

The fight to end the problematic loophole of robocalls continues with the introduction of Senate bill S.4083, a companion bill to H.R. 2748 from 2023.

'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.

Latest: Texas defends landmark vision plan law

Texas optometrists stand alongside the State as a legal challenge to the constitutionality of the new vision plan law now heads before an appellate court.

West Virginia adds optometric surgical procedures

The state board’s legislative rule change, approved by the governor and effective immediately, expands Mountain State doctors’ scope of practice to include eyelid procedures.

Florida optometrists quash effort—again—to pass ‘not-a-doctor’ bill

“Not-a-doctor” bills have resurfaced again during this legislative session, after state affiliates and the AOA defeated similar pushes across the country in 2023. In Florida, on the last day of the legislative session, a bill there to limit the use of specific medical titles failed.