State Legislative Affairs & Third Party Advocacy

The profession was first recognized and legitimized by the State of Maryland over a century ago in 1914 with the passage of Senate Bill 363.


State Legislative Affairs

Advocacy success requires a strong MOA keyperson program

The program matches optometrists with the legislators who represent them in Annapolis and in Washington D.C. to form a strong grassroots network that can effectively educate key policy makers about legislative issues on the State and federal level that can impact the profession of optometry.  A strong grassroots network is essential to the success of any advocacy effort.  

Key OD relationships are essential

Do you know who represents you?  If not,  visit  today to find out and ask your state senator and delegate(s) to support pro-optometry legislation and initiatives. Unsure how to communicate with your legislators? Rest easy, the MOA Political Action Handbook  makes it simple, guiding you through the process. Please get involved TODAY by contacting the MOA Executive Director  Jennifer Cohen.

MOA Legislative Priorities

  • Consumer protection against web-based companies
    • Online Refractions Referred to as "Eye Exams"
    • Non-Compliant Fulfillment of CL & Eyeglass Prescriptions
  • Protections agains unfair insurer mandates (lab/credentialing requirements)

Financial Support

While human resources are essential to advocacy success, just as important is funding. In order to protect the profession, we need your financial support. If you have not yet done so, please consider making donating to the MOA Political Action Committee (PAC) TODAY!

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