COVID-19 Resources

March 29th,2020

This week the Board and I have digested a lot of information from you, from the State and Federal CDC, AOA and AAO. To say the least it has been a challenging two weeks for all of us. Moving forward we want you to know that we are working together to focus on what is beneficial and relevant for us, as Maine ODs. We are focused on what to communicate for information and what support would be helpful.
 
From our NEW mission statement "The Maine Optometric Association supports the success of doctors of Optometry and improves eye care for Maine". Our mission is straight forward: we are here to support you, while you provide the best care for your patients.  Therefore, the board continues to stand by the CDC and Governor Mills' requests. As health care providers under the essential service designations, we will continue to postpone routine and non-urgent care through April 8th. Any urgent care will be seen using the required social distancing practices.   We ask that offices stay available for urgent and emergent cases, to use the expanded telehealth services, and only sell glasses and contact lenses if you are mailing them, or have a specific protocol allowing for social distancing. 
 
We care deeply how each of our members are managing through this time of crisis. We are concerned about how each optometrist is handling the COVID19 pandemic: managing finances, juggling personal responsibilities, treating patients, and keeping healthy mentally. Therefore, the board and the MOA office are working in four important areas to support you: being your advocate for optometry in Maine and working with the AOA advocacy team, membership benefits, providing continuing education in these abnormal circumstances, and keeping open communication with our members.
 
In these times of uncertainty, it is especially important that we unite and support each other. The message that "we are part of Maine's essential care doctors, committed to serving our patients and our communities," is a crucial one. May we continue to be physicians that help to "flatten the curve" in Maine by following the scientific recommendations. 

Best thoughts to you and your family and your team. May you remain healthy and strong in your role as Optometrist.

Kim Goss, OD
MOA President 
Will Keyes, OD
MOA President -Elect

Executive Board: Jen Haverkamp, OD, Sheridon Gove, OD, Roxanne Metayer, OD, Andre Achenbach, OD
 
Directors: Jessica Quint, OD, Holly McCarthy, OD, Anne Tobyne, OD, Whitney Miller, OD, Arielle Costello, OD

On the Maine Front

MOA BOARD IMPLEMENTS THESE ACTIONS IMMEDIATELY

· Advocacy - Reaching out to the Maine's Commissioner Head, ensuring Optometrist are under the Essential Health Care Providers- enabling ODs to continue to care for urgent care, emergency cases
     • Freezing reoccurring PAC dues for the next 60 days on an individual basis
     • Working closely with Bruce Gerrity (Legal and lobbyist)
Benefits- Immediate MOA dues relief - waiving dues for two months for all members (see details on website, COVID19 page)
     • Freeze membership dues for 2021 (committed to no dues increase in 2021)
     • working with our business partners to provide support and Q&As (more to come), possible webinars based on needs
     • If you have not paid dues yet, late fee waived, Payments Plans available (see details on website, COVID19 page)
Education - Providing CE opportunities in the next two weeks offering 9 hours of CE online through MOA. Must sign up (see below) no cost CE for members only . Your Education team thought you may find yourself with some extra time, use your this time to earn CE.
     • Watching June conference, working on Plan B if needed
     • Working on long term education program, focus on relevant needs after the crisis is over
Communication/messaging- COVID19 webpage for updated information daily providing resources.
     • Open communications with State of Maine agencies
     • Continue to communicate 2x weekly (more if needed)