March 24, 2017
The Dental and Optometric Care Access Act, which seeks to empower doctors and patients in their dealings with vision plans, eliminate a growing level of anticompetitive practices in health care and help improve overall quality of patient care, was introduced into the U.S. House of Representatives March 17.
The bill, also known as HR 1606, or the DOC Access Act, is supported by the American Optometric Association, Georgia Optometric Association and the American Dental Association, according to a press release from the AOA. The legislation has been championed by U.S. Reps. Buddy Carter (R-Ga.) and Dave Loebsack (D-Iowa). Original cosponsors of the bill include: Reps. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.), Markwayne Mullin (R-Okla.), Robert Pittenger (R-N.C.) and Paul Gosar, DDS (R-Ariz.).