URGENT! Hearing TOMORROW for HB1444

HB1444 will be heard in the House Commerce and Labor Subcommittee #2 on tomorrow (Thursday) afternoon. We need you to please contact the members of the subcommittee and ask them to amend the bill to include opticians. We have included a message template below for you to send to the Delegates. Please feel free to customize the message. If you happen to be a constituent of one of the members, please include that. If you’re not sure, you can check here: http://whosmy.virginiageneralassembly.gov

Please use the following template to send the Delegates:

Dear Delegate ______,
My name is ______ and I am a licensed optician practicing in Virginia. I am writing to ask you to please amend HB1444 (Ware) to include “opticians.”. HB1444 will be heard Thursday afternoon at the House Commerce and Labor Subcommittee #2 hearing.
HB 1444 requires vision care plans to follow fair and ethical business practices. Vision care plans will no longer be allowed to dictate fees for non-covered materials and services. We support HB1444, but right now it only applies to ophthalmologists and optometrists. It is missing the third vision care care professional: opticians. Opticians take the same vision care plans that ophthalmologists and optometrists take and we are experiencing the same struggles they are with current vision care policies. HB1444 should be amended to include all three vision care professionals- ophthalmologists, optometrists and opticians. Please support including opticians in HB1444!

Please send the action alert to the following Delegates:
Delegate Hugo: DelTHugo@house.virginia.gov
Delegate Rust:DelTRust@house.virginia.gov
Delegate Marshall: DelDMarshall@house.virginia.gov
Delegate Cline: DelBCline@house.virginia.gov
Delegate Miller: DelJMiller@house.virginia.gov
Delegate Loupassi: DelMLoupassi@house.virginia.gov
Delegate Farrell: DelPFarrell@house.virginia.gov
Delegate Yancey: DelDYancey@house.virginia.gov
Delegate McClellan: DelJMcClellan@house.virginia.gov
Delegate Spruill: DelLSpruill@house.virginia.gov
Delegate Keam: DelMKeam@house.virginia.gov