Visionary Award: Recognizing Our Allies in Federal Office
This year, the Academy honored nine members of Congress for their efforts to preserve access to quality medical eye care. The Academy’s 2017 Visionary Awards recipients are Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine; Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa; Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo.; Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.; Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Colo.; Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga.; Rep. Doris Matsui, D-Calif.; Rep. Peter Roskam, R-lll.; and Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz.
Each played a pivotal role in advancing policies that are important to our patients, which include:
- Preserving timely, cost-appropriate access to sight-saving treatments;
- Ensuring well-intentioned federal programs do not inadvertently interfere with patient care;
- Maintaining access to quality medical eye care for all U.S. communities through fair physician reimbursements; and
- Improving policies governing the use of electronic health records for Medicare patients.