2022 Legislative Updates

KOA Members, The 2022 Legislative Session ended last evening and there are several positive optometry-related updates to share. A brief summary is included below. The KOA legislative team, led by Dr. John Heltsley, worked tirelessly these past months – in addition to their year-round efforts. A HUGE thank you to all legislative team members and [...]

2022 Legislative Updates2023-01-30T09:12:05-05:00

Dr. Wartman Articles

KOA Members, We are pleased to offer an additional membership benefit - the KOA has partnered with Dr. Rebecca Wartman to assist with third-party issues. The KOA and our leadership committees will continue to assist members as always, yet we recognize there is no such thing as too much help! Dr. Wartman is the third-party [...]

Dr. Wartman Articles2022-12-05T11:47:43-05:00

KOA One Stop Newsletters

December 23, 2022: Happy Holidays from KOA! KOA Member Benefit: Social Media Post to Share! AOA Credit Card Info! December 16, 2022:  HIPAA Risk Assessments - WHAT TO KNOW! KOA Legislative Reception - PACKED HOUSE! Social Media Post to Share! December 9, 2022: Enhanced KY Medicaid Benefits - Important Webinar for Cures [...]

KOA One Stop Newsletters2023-01-11T17:28:11-05:00

2021 Legislative Updates

2021 Legislative Update: Drivers Vision Testing - Signed by Governor Beshear! House Bill 439 was signed by the Governor yesterday! Effective July 2024, all drivers will be required to pass a vision screening in order to renew their driver's license. For more details on what House Bill 439 requires, please review THIS SUMMARY DOCUMENT! As [...]

2021 Legislative Updates2022-06-01T13:17:49-04:00

Society Roadshows

Thank you to everyone that attended the KOA Virtual Society Roadshows this year. If you missed the virtual meeting, but would like to still listen to the meeting click on the link to hear the audio version of the meeting! Click Here to Register for the Monday, August 28th Webinar at 8:00pm [...]

Society Roadshows2023-09-06T11:28:33-04:00

2018 KOA Legislative Updates

The KOA legislative team has consistently spoken about - and monitored - emerging online eye health technologies, and the threats these technologies pose to consumer safety. No standards or safeguards previously existed in Kentucky to regulate these technologies and properly protect Kentucky consumers. The KOA overwhelmingly passed House Bill 191 - The Consumer Protection in [...]

2018 KOA Legislative Updates2021-02-02T16:25:19-05:00

2017 KOA Legislative Updates

The 2017 legislative session is complete and was unlike any prior short session in Kentucky’s history. A record seven bills were passed during the first week and ultimately over 130 wide-ranging bills were passed. Provided below is a summary of the legislation most pertinent to the KOA, along with a link to the actual legislation [...]

2017 KOA Legislative Updates2020-10-22T16:29:18-04:00

2017 Society Roadshows

KOA Members - We had a successful and well-attended series of society road show meetings this summer - over 170 KOA members attended the meetings across the state! For those who attended, KOA President Randy Steele and the KOA welcome your feedback. Provided below is a summary of the information covered in case you were [...]

2017 Society Roadshows2018-11-06T16:03:08-05:00

Third Party

No Surprises Act - January 2022 The No Surprises Act requirements apply to optometrists - make sure you understand what is required and how to comply! As of Jan. 1, all providers and facility types are required to provide uninsured (or self-pay) patients with a “good faith estimate” (GFE) of charges for items and services [...]

Third Party2023-02-27T09:16:06-05:00

Volunteer Opportunities

Mission Lexington (Lexington, KY) - A free vision clinic, housed at Mission Lexington, which will provide exams and glasses on-site to uninsured individuals. Mission Lexington previously only provided medical and dental services. For those interested in volunteering, please contact Dr. Dawn Stratton (Stratton Eyes, J. Galt Eyewear) at

Volunteer Opportunities2018-11-06T13:04:10-05:00
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