Working Every Day for the Future of Vision Care:
An update from the desk of Peter Menziuso, President, North America
By now you are likely aware of the introduction of the House companion bill to the Contact Lens Consumer Health Protection Act. It represents the collaborative efforts of vision care advocates—led by the American Optometric Association (AOA) and supported by Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc. (J&J Vision Care) and our partners in the Coalition for Patient Vision Care Safety—to prioritize patients' health and safety. What happens next is largely dependent on you. It’s not enough to simply be aware. Read on to learn how you can make a difference by taking a stand of support.
Federal Efforts — Final Legislative Push of 2016
Over the last year, J&J Vision Care and our allies have been educating policymakers on some of the challenges patients and providers continue to face in the current marketplace. As a result, we’ve not only seen policymakers’ support of our issues grow—but also real action.
On September 22—thanks to AOA’s relationship-building, these ongoing efforts, and the Coalition’s outreach—United States House of Representatives Pete Olson (R-TX) and Kathy Castor (D-FL) introduced the Contact Lens Consumer Health Protection Act (CLCHPA) of 2016—companion legislation to the bill introduced earlier this year by Senators Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and John Boozman (R-AR). This legislation would enhance the existing contact lens prescription verification process, help ensure patients can safely and efficiently access their lenses, and marks a significant step for patients, providers and our industry.
But time is running out. Between now and the end of the year, Congress is in session for less than six weeks. We’ll need to work even harder to gain more co-sponsors in the House and Senate for CLCHPA to build on our progress and ensure a strong introduction in the next Congress.
Now is the time to add your voice— visit our advocacy page where you can send a quick email to your Members of Congress to tell them why CLCHPA matters to you and your patients.
State Advocacy — Preparing for 2017 Legislative Sessions
At the state level, legislators are busy preparing for their sessions to convene at the beginning of 2017—and so are we. Our team is already hard at work, meeting with allies to ensure we are ready to advocate, educate, and mobilize on behalf of patients’ health and safety and the future of vision care.
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Thank you. Each of you plays a vital role in safeguarding patient health as we navigate the future of eye and vision care in this country. J&J Vision Care is honored to stand with you in this endeavor, and you inspire us to continue to bring innovative patient solutions with the ACUVUE® Brand family of contact lenses.
President, North America
Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc.
Each month, members of JJVCI’s leadership – including JJVCI President, Peter Menziuso, ODs Dr. Millicent Knight and Dr. Carol Alexander, and others – offer timely legislative updates, stories from the field, and their perspective on current opportunities and challenges within the vision care profession.
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