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COVID-19 UPDATE

COVID-19 Vaccines for Nevada Optometrists & Staff

Optometrists and staff in Nevada are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. The NOA has set up a page with up-to-date information on what you need to do to get your vaccine in Nevada. Click here for details.


#AskAOA COVID-19 Relief Update - Paycheck Protection Program

Eligible small businesses may now apply for additional Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) forgivable loans following the AOA‘s advocacy into Congress‘ year-end COVID-19 aid and spending bill. To learn how to take immediate advantage of this relief opportunity, join an upcoming, AOA member-exclusive #AskAOA webinar for details.

Jeff Michaels, O.D., will provide an overview of new PPP loans, including a review of the eligibility requirements, the application process, how funds can be used, and more. Please submit any questions you may have in advance of the webinar to askAOA@aoa.org.

When: 9 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 14

Register now


Visit our COVID-19 section for the latest updates and resources including PPE.


NEWS FEED

AOA takes on anti-optometry lobbying group’s deceptions

January 14 2021
Despite its name, the National Association of Optometrists and Opticians is a “front” for large optical retailers, working against the interests of doctors of optometry and comprehensive vision care for patients, the AOA contends in a Jan. 5 letter sent to the Internal Revenue Service.

Congress’ COVID-19 aid, spending bill: Contact Lens Rule implications, key tax and Medicare pay fixes among AOA wins

December 21 2020
The more than $2 trillion aid package and omnibus bill include a laundry list of AOA advocacy priorities, including a delay to FTC Contact Lens Rule changes, a new PPP “second draw” and deductibility fix, and reversal of steep Medicare pay cuts.

AOA, AOSA make appeal to extend suspension of student loan payments

December 02 2020
The moratorium on loan repayment has been extended to Jan. 31, 2021. The average optometry student’s loan debt when they graduate is close to $200,000, and the AOA and the American Optometric Student Association (AOSA) argue that the relief makes a difference to current optometry students and doctors of optometry continuing to pay student loans. The AOA is working to ensure concerns of doctors of optometry nationwide are front and center.

AOA-backed DOC Access Act gains U.S. Senate companion

November 18 2020
AOA turning up pressure on anti-patient, anti-doctor vision plan abuses with new U.S. Senate companion legislation.

Public Health

Community Health Centers partnering with the National Association of Community Health Centers, the AOA is working to improve access to eye and vision care services.

Healthy Eyes Healthy Children Community Grants provide funding for activities which focus on increasing the outreach of vision services to communities, families, schools, and the medical community with special attention to underserved children.

InfantSEE affords one-time, comprehensive assessment at no cost for infants in their first year of life.

Optometry Cares mission is to expand eye health and vision care access to everyone in the U.S. to enhance human performance and quality of life.

Optometric Disaster Relief Fund offers optometrists financial assistance for damages incurred from natural disasters.

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NOA PAC ONLINE DONATION

Click on this link to securely donate online to the Nevada Optometric PAC.

The NOA PAC is a separate fundraising organization that works with the Nevada Optometric Association.

The NOA PAC contributes to caucuses and campaigns of legislators and candidates for the Nevada Legislature who support Optometry and our role as primary eye care providers.

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