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U.S. Senator Kit Bond Receives 2010 AOA Health Care Leadership Award
Date:3/9/2010

The AOA-backed Vision Care for Kids Act (HR 577) was overwhelmingly approved by the U.S. House of Representatives on March 31, 2009.  The measure would establish a federal grant program aimed at bolstering children's vision and learning initiatives developed by the states. Sen. Bond is the lead sponsor of companion legislation in the U.S. Senate (S.259), which is now pending before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.

Sen. Bond has also been a lead supporter of the AOA's InfantSEE® initiative -- a no-cost public health program developed to provide professional eye care for infants nationwide. Through InfantSEE®, optometrists provide a one-time, comprehensive eye and vision assessment to infants between the ages of 6 and 12 months, offering early detection of potential eye and vision problems at no-cost, regardless of income or insurance coverage. Parents can learn more at www.infantsee.org.

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