2007: TOA helped to pass the Medicaid "Direct Access" bill, allowing Medicaid patients to see optometrists without referrals from primary care physician.
2003: TOA helped to pass the 'Eyecare Savings Bill' which required insurance medical panels to accept optometrists who are on that company's vision panels.
2001: TOA successfully fended off attacks from 1-800CONTACTS to weaken the Texas Contact Lens law.
1999: TOA helped to influence the legislature to pass a bill allowing optometrists to prescribe oral medications and treat glaucoma.
1991: Optometrists won the right to independently administer all diagnostic eyedrops and most topical eyedrops, including topical steroids.
1989: TOA successfully lobbied to have optometrists included in Medicaid.
Without the strength of TOPAC, many of these successes would not have been possible. A strong TOPAC directly influences access to optometric services and optometrists' authority to practice to the fullest extent of their training.
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