Optometry’s ‘super’ championsSeptember 4, 2013
Federal Advocacy: one of the most important pillars of AOA’s strategic plan and the playing field where the game never ends to secure appropriate victories for our members and their patients.
We are now less than four months away from implementation of the Affordable Care Act, which will, arguably, change the landscape of health care as we know it.
Now, more than ever, the voice of optometry must be strong and resonate with our members of Congress. So this month, hundreds of AOA member optometrists and students will make their annual journey to Washington, D.C., with the purpose of sharing our profession’s concerns and initiatives, face to face, with our lawmakers.
To boost optometry’s readiness for the 2014 changes just around the bend, the AOA organized a second federal, state and third-party advocacy “super” conference Sept. 9-11 in our nation’s capital.
The meeting, which is open to every AOA doctor and student, will feature state legislative and third-party updates, new resources and proven strategies from the profession’s top experts in state issues and payer outreach.
Additionally, in preparation for the AOA’s annual Capitol Hill lobbying day of organized visits to the offices of every U.S. senator and House member, participants will be briefed on how to help advance AOA’s priority federal issues and counter the misinformation efforts of organized medicine, insurers and other groups with an anti-optometry agenda.
If you have never attended an AOA Congressional Advocacy Conference, I would encourage you to consider it sometime.
D.C. is an incredible place and having the opportunity to sit in the offices of your elected leaders and discuss the issues we have as optometrists and health care providers is an unmatched experience…and you will make a difference for your profession.
The majority of our lawmakers are not health care providers and, to a large degree, rely upon their constituents to help them understand the breadth of issues with which they are presented.
The fact that you will have taken time out of your office to travel to D.C. and meet one-on-one is both respected and appreciated and represents one of our best opportunities to convey optometry’s messages and concerns.
If you want to learn more about the conference, please contact the AOA Washington Office, at 800-365-2219 or email@example.com.
Mitchell T. Munson, O.D., AOA president