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COVID-19 UPDATE

Paycheck Protection Program

Provider Relief Opportunities from Small Business Administration (SBA) Remain Available

In response to COVID-19, Congress passed multiple pieces of legislation to help support the American economy. Several of these programs are administered through the Small Business Administration (SBA) and doctors of optometry who have not yet leveraged these opportunities should know that they still have time to do so. For those already taking part in the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), its critical to be aware of key changes made recently by Congress and the SBA. Click here to learn more

Economic Injury Disaster Loan Advance Program

  • Small businesses may request an Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Advance of up to $10,000. The EIDL Advance is designed to provide emergency economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue.
  • This advance will not have to be repaid, and small businesses may receive an advance even if they are not approved for an EIDL.
  • Visit the EIDL and EIDL Advance program portal to apply.

Economic Injury Disaster Loan

  • The SBA is offering low interest federal disaster loans to small businesses and non-profit organizations that are suffering substantial economic injury as a result of COVID-19 in all U.S. states, Washington D.C., and territories.
  • These loans may be used to pay debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that cant be paid because of the disasters impact, and that are not already covered by a PPP loan. The interest rate is 3.75% for small businesses. The interest rate for non-profits is 2.75%.
  • SBA offers loans with long repayment terms, up to a maximum of 30 years.
  • The first payment is deferred for one year.
  • Visit the EIDL and EIDL Advance program portal to apply

If you have questions, please contact askaoa@aoa.org.


Looking for PPE?

The NOA, along with the AOA and some of our industry partners, has put together a list of suppliers for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). You can find that list here


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


NEWS FEED

Contact Lens Rule Modernization Act introduced in the U.S. Senate

September 16 2020
FTC rule set to take effect in October.

‘Recovery to renaissance’: Optometry’s advocates fight to advance profession

September 11 2020
The FTC’s Contact Lens Rule, COVID-19 pandemic response and vision plan concerns headline the advocacy priorities that doctors nationwide shared with Congress in a consequential session.

Championing paraoptometrics

August 31 2020
The AOA continues to create opportunities for paraoptometrics to be all they can be—readying them for the effects of scope expansion and empowering them as grassroots advocates for the profession of optometry. And for the first time, paraoptometrics can join the single-largest annual advocacy event and the centerpiece of the profession's national lobbying efforts.

Optometry’s premier advocacy event, Sept. 9-10, mobilizes doctors around AOA priorities

August 26 2020
In firsts, AOA on Capitol Hill 2020 will be virtual and include advocacy-minded doctors, optometry students and paraoptometrics. The registration deadline is Sept. 5.

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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