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-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.
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.
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
Virginia becomes the ninth state—and third since 2021—to expand its optometric scope of practice to include these contemporary procedures.
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.
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.
Mississippi ophthalmologists participating in preceptorships for optometry’s newly authorized YAG laser capsulotomy procedure faced threat of losing malpractice insurance coverage.
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.