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AOA-Led Group Urges Obama to Increase Health Care Access, Affordability by Combating Provider Discrimination
Date:12/4/2008

Broad Coalition to Back New Provider Non-Discrimination Safeguards to Ensure Patient Access and Choice

WASHINGTON, Dec. 4 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Optometric Association (AOA), the voice of more than 36,000 frontline providers of eye and vision care in America, and eleven other organizations comprising the Patients' Access to Responsible Care Alliance (PARCA) today called on President-elect Barack Obama and Congressional leaders to support legislation to increase access to and affordability of quality health care services nationwide by combating health care provider discrimination.

In a letter to the President-elect sent in advance of the 2008 Colorado Summit on Health Care hosted by U.S. Senator Ken Salazar (D-Colo) and featuring a keynote address by Secretary of Health and Human Services nominee, Senator Tom Daschle, the AOA and its coalition partners urged support for new legislative safeguards for patient access to care and provider choice as a foundation for health care reform in 2009.

The PARCA coalition, which collectively represents the concerns of hundreds of thousands of non-MD/DO health care professionals and the millions of patients they serve in communities across the country, is seeking to bar insurance and managed care companies from excluding entire classes of non-MD health providers from participating in their plans.

"With President-elect Obama and his team preparing to take office and the new Congress set to begin to consider health care reform proposals, this is an important time for the AOA and our coalition partners to be heard on the discrimination issue," said Peter H. Kehoe, OD, AOA President. "Optometry can and will play a positive role in the national debate over health care reform and we aim to do so on the strength of our members, our patients and along with other groups that share our commitment to reform based on patient access a
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