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Students rally on Capitol Hill to promote optometry’s federal agenda

More than 2,300 students of optometry participated in a rally on Capitol Hill yesterday to urge Congress to support the bi-partisan Dental and Optometric Care Access Act.

The American Optometric Association reported in a press release that Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.), Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-Del.) and the chair of the House Republican Conference, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.), also joined the effort.

Throughout the rally and in more than 250 meetings and events with Senators, House members and staff, AOA member doctors and students are promoting the DOC Access Act (HR 1606).

AOA, Optometry student rally at Capitol Hill
Optometry students support their future profession in a rally on Capitol Hill.
Image provided by the AOA.

The groups are also hoping to eliminate the health insurance industry’s anti-trust exemption with the Competitive Health Insurance Reform Act (HR 372).

They further wish to prevent the Federal Trade Commission from implementing a proposal, developed under the previous administration, that would impose new paperwork burdens on doctors and patients while failing to address the predatory practices of some online contact lens sellers that have the potential to harm patients and increase health care costs, according to the release.

Optometry’s Meeting, the American Optometric Association and American Optometric Student Association annual conferences, is taking place in Washington through Sunday.

rally on Capitol Hill
Image provided by the AOA.

More than 2,300 students of optometry participated in a rally on Capitol Hill yesterday to urge Congress to support the bi-partisan Dental and Optometric Care Access Act.

The American Optometric Association reported in a press release that Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.), Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-Del.) and the chair of the House Republican Conference, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.), also joined the effort.

Throughout the rally and in more than 250 meetings and events with Senators, House members and staff, AOA member doctors and students are promoting the DOC Access Act (HR 1606).

AOA, Optometry student rally at Capitol Hill
Optometry students support their future profession in a rally on Capitol Hill.
Image provided by the AOA.

The groups are also hoping to eliminate the health insurance industry’s anti-trust exemption with the Competitive Health Insurance Reform Act (HR 372).

They further wish to prevent the Federal Trade Commission from implementing a proposal, developed under the previous administration, that would impose new paperwork burdens on doctors and patients while failing to address the predatory practices of some online contact lens sellers that have the potential to harm patients and increase health care costs, according to the release.

Optometry’s Meeting, the American Optometric Association and American Optometric Student Association annual conferences, is taking place in Washington through Sunday.

rally on Capitol Hill
Image provided by the AOA.

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