FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 9, 2018
OKLAHOMA SILVER HAIRED LEGISLATURE ENDORSES STATE QUESTION 793
Leading Senior Advocacy Group Endorses Ballot Initiative That Would Allow Retailers To Provide Vision Care Services In Oklahoma At Affordable Costs
OKLAHOMA – The Oklahoma Silver Haired Legislature (OSHL) voted to endorse State Question 793 to offer affordable and more accessible eye care to Oklahomans.
“The Oklahoma Silver Haired Legislature is pleased to endorse State Question 793,” former president of the OSHL John Kusel said. “Vision loss is a fact of life for many of us as we get older. State Question 793 would allow Oklahomans to receive eye care in more convenient locations that offer the same care for a much more affordable price. This is especially beneficial to one of the state’s most vulnerable populations – the elderly.”
Yes on 793 coalition members include Oklahomans for Consumer Freedom, Oklahoma Silver Haired Legislature, Oklahoma Retail Merchants Association, Energeyes, Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce, Costco, Walmart, DaVinci Equity Group and National Vision.
“Oklahoma’s outdated optical laws have long prevented elderly consumers in the state from seeing better selection and variety of prices when shopping for eye wear and we tried to change those laws for years, going up against the powerful special-interests lobby for what we know is best for Oklahoma seniors and families,” Kusel said. “We are endorsing Yes on 793 to help provide high-quality vision care to elderly patients to improve their quality of life.”
SQ 793 would expand consumer choice for vision care by allowing patients to receive eye exams and purchase eye wear at affordable prices in convenient retail locations, such as Walmart and Costco. Oklahoma is one of only three states in the U.S. that does not currently allow patients to receive optical care in retail locations.
For more information about Yes on 793, please visit YesOn793.com or on Facebook at Yes on 793.
About Oklahoma Silver Haired Legislature
The Oklahoma Silver Haired Legislature was officially established by the Oklahoma State Legislature in 1981 as an official state legislature for senior citizens. Its purpose is to fight for the rights and needs for Oklahoma’s 800,000 senior citizens. OSHL annually creates new bills that help seniors and forwards them to the Oklahoma Legislature for action. It is most recognized for passing the Silver Alert legislation and the passage of legislation requiring cameras in nursing homes.
About Yes on 793
Yes on 793 is a coalition of retailers, patients, health professionals and free-market advocates that believe in common sense reform to Oklahoma’s eye care laws. Patients in Oklahoma deserve greater access to vision care while opportunities increase for small businesses and communities.