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A New Era for Maryland Optometry!

Posted By MOA Admin, Tuesday, March 12, 2019
Modernizing Maryland Optometry has been a "long winding road" to quote John Lennon, but our destination is now just around the corner.  At our meeting with ophthalmology last week, the groundwork was laid for a meaningful compromise to expand the scope of practice of Maryland Optometry this Session. Collaborative and positive discussions continued throughout the week and over the weekend, culminating in amendment language agreed to by both parties. Yesterday, HB 471 with amendments received a FAVORABLE UNANIMOUS VOTE by the Health Occupations and Long Term Care Subcommittee  of the House Government Operations Committee. The cross-file bill, SB 447, is being amended identically in the Senate and both bills will receive a full committee vote before the end of the week. I dare not speak of anything being "inevitable" at this point, but with both parties signed-off on the new compromise legislation, its chances for passage this Session are good - really good! Stay tuned for more details about the compromise and what could very well be a new era for Maryland Optometry!

Once again, the MOA wants to thank everyone who helped us along the road including: MOA and MSEPS members and representative ODs and M.D.s who helped negotiate this year's compromise, MOA PAC and P.O.P. supporters, MOA lobbyists and the many Key ODs and advocates who took action in support of our legislation, especially those who took time out of their busy schedules to attend meetings with legislators and/or testify at bill hearings.  We could not have made it this far without your help!

Jennifer Cohen
Executive Director

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