Call now to urge support of the Vision Care for Kids Act
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has just combined several stalled bills into the Advancing America’s Priorities Act of 2008 (S. 3297), and he’s pledged to do everything possible to bring this legislation directly to the Senate floor for a vote as quickly as possible. At the urging of the AOA, the Vision Care for Kids Act, which was overwhelmingly approved by the U.S. House last October, was accepted for inclusion in S. 3297.
The Vision Care for Kids Act seeks to make children’s vision a health care priority at the federal level by directly recognizing the link between a child’s healthy vision and the ability to succeed in the classroom. It would establish the first-ever federal grant program – set to be authorized initially at $65 million – to bolster state children’s vision initiatives. By placing a new emphasis on treatment, the bill is aimed at doing more to ensure that no child in America is left behind due to a preventable or treatable vision problem. In addition, the Vision Care for Kids Act fully recognizes the role of optometrists as the nation’s frontline providers of eye and vision care.
The AOA Washington Office anticipates a Senate vote on S. 3297 within days. It will likely provide the final opportunity for enacting the Vision Care for Kids Act into law for this Congress.
With the vote approaching, it is essential that AOA Federal Keypersons and other concerned ODs contact their senators in support of S. 3297, the Advancing America’s Priorities Act.
Please click on the link below to the AOA Online Legislative Action Center to generate messages supporting S. 3297 and the Vision Care for Kids Act that will be faxed directly to the Capitol Hill offices of your state’s two U.S. senators.