Prevent Blindness leads 115 organizations urging Congress to invest in vision and eye health in Fiscal Year 2022

As Congress begins its process of drafting appropriations legislation for Fiscal Year 2022, Prevent Blindness has sent a letter to House and Senate appropriators with the support of 115 organizations to urge Congress to fund the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Vision and Eye Health program at $5 million and glaucoma prevention at $4

Sixteenth Annual Eyes on Capitol Hill Advocacy Event

Annual Event Allows Constituents to Meet with Policymakers to Help Promote Vision and Eye Health Programs and Funding Prevent Blindness will be holding its sixteenth annual “Eyes on Capitol Hill” advocacy event, held virtually this year, on Wed., Feb. 24 and Thurs., Feb. 25, 2021. The program brings together patients, caregivers, public health workers, and

Tell FDA to Use the CARES Act to Prevent Drug Shortages

The U.S. government and Operation Warp Speed should be commended for their tireless efforts to protect Americans from the COVID-19 pandemic. At the same time, we must also ensure continued treatment access for patients who are managing eye diseases and other complex conditions. Government-mandated COVID-19 vaccine production orders related to Operation Warp Speed have dramatically

Prevent Blindness Opposes Trump Administration’s “Most Favored Nation” Policies

Prevent Blindness sharply opposes the Trump Administration’s finalization of its “Most Favored Nations” (MFN) rule, which will take effect in January 2021. As a patient advocacy organization, Prevent Blindness promotes policies that encourage patient-centered decision-making and consumer choice while mitigating over-utilization and over-consumption without harming accessibility. We believe policies should balance provider behavior with appropriate

Senate Releases Long-Awaited FY2021 Appropriations Legislation

This week, the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations released its long-awaited version of Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 appropriations legislation for programs and agencies within the Departments of Health and Human Services, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and National Eye Institute (NEI) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Because the process

Prevent Blindness Celebrates World Sight Day by Encouraging Members of Public to “Be A Visionary” and Advocate for Vision and Eye Health Programs

Global World Sight Day Observance Helps to Put Eye Health and Eyecare into Focus Prevent Blindness, the nation’s oldest eye health and safety nonprofit organization, is participating in World Sight Day, an annual day of awareness designed to focus global attention on blindness and vision impairment, by promoting advocacy efforts that seek to make vision

Our Hope to Be Seen: Voting and Vision Impairment

Exercising the right to vote can be fraught with difficulties for people living with vision impairment. by Julie Grutzmacher, Director of National Collaboration and Engagement, Prevent Blindness “The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision.” Larry quotes Helen Keller to me and shares his goal: to help people like himself,

Prevent Blindness Statement on Trump Administration’s “Most Favored Nation” Executive Order

Recently, President Trump issued a series of Executive Orders that aim to lower prescription drug costs, including an Executive Order that is similar to the Administration’s 2018 proposed “International Pricing Index Model for Medicare Part B Drugs.” While the White House has yet to release specific details about this new effort, the Administration has signaled

House Appropriations Committee Introduces Fiscal Year 2021 Legislation for CDC’s Vision and Eye Health Programs

This week, the House Appropriations Committee introduced legislation to fund programs under the Department of Health and Human Services in Fiscal Year (FY) 2021. The legislation, which passed the Committee with a vote of 30-22 along party lines, proposes to continue funding for vision and eye health programs at the Centers for Disease Control and