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Call to Action: Support Eye Health and Safety

Thursday, April 25, 2019  

We appreciate every optometrist getting involved with the telemedicine bill, but we need your help! Over the next 24 hours, please email EVERY Florida Senator!


Dear Senator,
During the current, 2019, legislative session, a Telehealth bill has been working its way through the Florida House and Senate that would allow optometrists to provide Telehealth services. Of great concern, CS/CS/HB 23 would also permit and enable "express online eye exams" without any language to protect the public eye health and safety from the reality of "online refraction only services." To protect the public from harm and prevent a stand-alone refraction service from being provided through Telehealth, your FOA has proposed the following bill language in the form of an amendment:

"A prescription for lenses, spectacles, eyeglasses, contact lenses, or any other optical devices may not be made based on telehealth services such as telephone calls or interviews, email messages, internet questionnaires, or facsimile transmissions, or be based solely on determining the refractive error of the human eye by the use of a computer controlled device such as an auto-refractor." Please support our Amendment today.


Please support our patient eye health and safety amendment today!


Click here to contact Representative Jose Oliva - Speaker of the House

Click here to contact Senator Bill Galvano - President of the Senate

Senator Ben Albritton R - 26
Senator Dennis Baxley R - 12
Senator Aaron Bean R - 4
Senator Lizbeth Benacquisto R - 27
Senator Lori Berman D - 31
Senator Lauren Book D - 32
Senator Randolph Bracy D - 11
Senator Rob Bradley R - 5
Senator Jeff Brandes R - 24
Senator Oscar Braynon D - 35
Senator Doug Broxson R - 1
Senator Manny Diaz, Jr. R - 36
Senator Gary Farmer D - 34
Senator Anitere Flores R - 39
Senator George Gainer R - 2
Senator Bill Galvano R - 21
Senator Audrey Gibson D - 6
Senator Joe Gruters R - 23
Senator Gayle Harrell R - 25
Senator Ed Hooper R -16
Senator Travis Hutson R - 7
Senator Tom Lee R - 20
Senator Debbie Mayfield R - 17
Senator Bill Montford D - 3
Senator Keith Perry R - 8
Senator Jason Pizzo D - 38
Senator Bobby Powell D - 30
Senator Kevin Rader D - 29
Senator Jose Javier Rodriguez D - 37
Senator Darryl Rouson D - 19
Senator David Simmons R - 9
Senator Wilton Simpson R - 10
Senator Kelli Stargel R - 22
Senator Linda Stewart D - 13
Senator Annette Taddeo D - 40
Senator Perry Thurston, Jr. D - 33
Senator Victor Torres, Jr. D - 15
Senator Tim Wright R - 14

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