Prevent Blindness proudly stands alongside our colleagues across the health spectrum to promote policies that improve our national health and well-being. Many groups have mutual policy goals in areas that often overlap with vision and eye health; for example, ensuring patients can access safe and effective drugs, increasing the budget on federal public health and medical research programs, or improving the health of our nation’s seniors through strong community networks. In advocacy, there is strength in numbers, and our strong coalition partnerships help us achieve policy goals that would be too difficult to take on as a singular effort. For more information on issues which Prevent Blindness leads, please visit our Advocacy Initiatives page.
May 19: National Health Council submits comments on CMS Interim Final Rule requesting additional flexibilities for patients receiving care at home during public health emergencyMay 19: National Health Council Letter to CMS Administrator Verma regarding home administration for Part B drugs
October 4: Prevent Blindness with 111 patient and provider groups addresses HHS Secretary Azar regarding use of health funding transfers to care for unaccompanied migrant children and recommends a budget request to Congress
September 26: National Health Council letter to HHS Sec. Azar includes Prevent Blindness and affiliates among 90 patient groups making recommendations on patient protections under MA step therapy policy
September 5: Prevent Blindness, the only eye health organization on the March of Dimes’ Zika Coalition, signs coalition letter to House Appropriators supporting increased funding to support Zika birth defects surveillance efforts at the CDC
June 2: Prevent Blindness leads a coalition of 102 organizations on a letter to Senate leadership requesting the maintenance of “essential health benefits” as defined under the ACA in healthcare reform legislation
June 2: Prevent Blindness signs coalition letter to House and Senate Appropriations Committees to sustain FY2017 funding levels for the CDC’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion