2019 Legislative Conference

The weather was again the topic of conversation at this year’s MOA Legislative Conference. Winter storms covered central Missouri before the conference. However, the weather didn’t stop members from attending important functions at this year’s event.

One of the important functions at the conference is the volunteer committees that work to lay out a course of action for the MOA Board for 2019. These meetings were held on Sunday afternoon, January 13th, with a good turnout. It was nice to see many new faces joining us despite the weather. The MOA Board held meetings on Sunday before the busy conference agenda continued Monday.

The Legislative Conference day began on Monday with a presentation by Daniel Carey from the AOA titled “Preparation for Future Legislation: Are We Ready?” This was followed by two hours of continuing education about integrating the MOA Insurance plan into your practice presented by Dr. Jason Lake, Dr. Kory Scullawl, Dr. Doug Herriott, and Dr. Lee Ann Barrett. This presentation was followed by lunch, and afterwards the MOA members listened to guest speaker, Senator Caleb Rowden, the Missouri Senate Majority Floor Leader.

We had several UMSL College of Optometry students attending the legislative conference, and it is important that students and MOA members learn about the legislative process and what it means to our profession.

Our profession was well represented by doctors as we then took the opportunity to visit our legislators at the Missouri Capital. These Doctors of Optometry distributed cinnamon rolls to legislative staff and members of the Missouri House and Senate. This was followed by a legislative reception Monday evening at the Millbottom Event Center.

If you have never attended a legislative conference, you are missing out on a unique opportunity. Make plans now to attend next year’s conference to become involved in the betterment of your profession.

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