Fall 2018

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Tom Cullinane
MOA President
2017-2018

Summer is ended and we are getting ready for our Annual MOA Convention in Branson this year. It will be at the Hilton on the Landing in downtown Branson – October 11-14.

We had a great Leadership retreat at Tan-Tar-A this June. The former longtime executive director of the Illinois Optometric Association, Mike Horstman talked to the leadership about how the Illinois board of directors is set up with officers and trustees. This was very helpful for the MOA to help us come up with new society boundaries and trustee structure moving forward in 2019. We will be voting on an Articles of Agreement change at this year’s convention business meeting pertaining to new society boundaries and trustee allocation.

We also had a great speaker talking to us about a very difficult topic. Anne Chambers from the Missouri Bar Association discussed suicide and addiction issues and how we as an association can help our Members with these challenging issues. If you need more information about this, please contact our Executive director Dr. Lee Ann Barrett .

The AOA Optometry’s Meeting was held in Denver in late June. Missouri had a good showing of OD’s attending. Our proposal to change the dues structure from a five year escalating scale to a ten year one for graduating OD’s failed. Many states thought it would cost them too much money and felt it was unnecessary for them. We did have a few states that sided with us and I will continue to work with them to try to get a pilot program with five to ten states. Optometry’s meeting will be held in St. Louis next year. The MOA will be having our annual leadership retreat during this meeting. Please mark you calendars now for June 18-23. We will be announcing our leadership retreat schedule soon.
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The “MOA” vision insurance plan is set to begin selling in October of 2018. This started back when the state employees were moved from VSP to NVA in 2014. Provider manuals should be out in the next few months. We are still working on getting our members to sign up as participating providers. It is imperative that we have a solid network in place so that we can sell this across the state. If you have not yet signed up, simply contact the MOA office and they will assist you. Once again thanks to Jason Lake, Doug Herriott, Kory Scullawl and Lee Ann Barrett who have worked countless hours on this ongoing project.
Disruptive technologies like Opternative and now 1-800 contacts trying to DE-regulate contact lenses are a topic we have been working on with our state legislators. We will once again file a bill with Senator Jeanie Riddle from district 10 in central Missouri as its sponsor. It’s called “The Patient Safety Act”.

We must get this important change passed to protect the citizens of Missouri from these companies that are only worried about their bottom line and not the health and well-being of patient’s eyes. Please be ready to help urge our legislators to support it when you are called upon by our central office. The 2019 Legislative Conference will be Sunday and Monday January 13th and 14th. Mark you calendars now and attend this important event.

Thank you for allowing me this opportunity to serve as your MOA President, and I am excited at the direction the MOA is heading.

If you need to contact me, please do not hesitate. Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to serve as your president.

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