For too long, our patients have been forced to play by the oppressive rules written by and for the sole benefit of health and vision plan executives. By elbowing their way into personal health care decisions, these plans make it difficult for us to provide patients with the highest-level of care possible, and quite frankly, they are costing us time, money…and probably some measure of sanity.
It’s clear that health and vision plan executives have rigged the game against us and our patients. They are dictating prices for non-covered services and materials, forcing you to participate in a vision plan as a condition for providing care to those covered under a medical plan, and restricting your choice of a lab, among other abuses!
The good news is that we don’t have to take this anymore… we now have a new and powerful tool that enables us to stand up together and say with a unified voice: enough is enough! The AOA and our allies in the American Dental Association now have a national counterattack against these anti-patient, anti-competitive practices: H.R. 3323 – the Dental and Optometric Care Access Act, or DOC Access Act.
Introduced into the U.S. House in late July by Rep. Buddy Carter of Georgia the DOC Access Act would do away with the unfair abuses I mentioned earlier, but it also includes a private right of action, so we wouldn’t have to wait for government bureaucrats to step-in on our behalf, we could take the offending plans to court the very next day.
I’m very excited about what this bill means for our profession, but there is a chance that anti-optometry forces can still stop this bill from becoming law. We cannot let this happen!
What can you do? Getting involved is as easy as using this letter to invest in AOA-PAC, the political action committee of the AOA. AOA-PAC’s only job is to consolidate the resources of AOA members and use that clout so our message will be heard on Capitol Hill. While our influence is growing in DC, it will take the involvement of every AOA member to overcome the firepower of the health and vision plans lobby.
Can I count on you to take action and make an AOA-PAC investment today? Please join me in this campaign to expand access to doctors of optometry and make insurers and plans more accountable.
Steve Loomis, OD
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