Coronavirus

UPDATED – 4/2/2020 11:30 am

Please see the pages to the right for more info. Information around this outbreak is changing rapidly. The MOA is issuing daily updates via email and updating this page with all that information. Please forward all MOA COVID-19 updates on to your optometric colleagues. If they are not receiving our updates, please inform them that our emails may be going to their spam or junk folders. 

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The MOA is hosting a live Zoom informational webinar for MOA members on Monday, April 6 from 10 - 11 am to address questions regarding State and Federal unemployment and small business benefits for their employees, contract employees, and themselves.

MOA members will be able to ask questions of MOA's legal counsel, Grant Williams of Miller-Canfield law firm and MOA's human resource partner, Jodi Schafer of HRM Services.

We highly recommend that prior to this call, you review the AOA's recorded webinar COVID-19 Practice Support - What ODs Need to Know, recorded on 3/31/20. The AOA recording lasts 2 hours and is highly informative. Go to https://www.aoa.org/coronavirus for a link to the recorded session.Topics for Monday's Michigan Zoom session will include:

  • Unemployment
    • How the system works: unemployment, underemployment, and workshare
    • Who is eligible and how to apply
    • How the weekly benefit amount is determined and how the CARES Act will affect this
    • How unemployment benefits affect health insurance coverage
  • Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)
    • What FFCRA offers to employees and the effective date
    • Which employers are required to comply and which employees are eligible for benefits
    • How an employee would request FFCRA leave
    • How FFCRA is funded/reimbursed
  • Paycheck Protection Program
    • Who is eligible and how can I apply?
    • What is the maximum loan amount?
    • How can I use the loan proceeds?
    • How can payments be deferred and principle be forgiven?
  • Economic Injury Disaster Loans
    • Who is eligible and how can I apply?
    • What is the maximum loan amount, and what can they be used for?
    • How do I get the $10,000 advance?
  • Tax Relief for Businesses
    • Who can defer tendering the employer's portion of payroll taxes?
    • Who can receive refundable tax credits for wages paid while operations were suspended?
    • How have rules for early withdrawal of, or loans from, retirement account been temporarily relaxed?

This informative live event will be held Monday, April 6, 2020, from 10:00 - 11:00 am

If you have not used Zoom before, you will need to download it to your computer by visiting their website at zoom.us to download

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MOA Membership Dues Waived for 2 months - learn more here.

The process to apply for the Small Business Relief Program is currently being developed. Once ready, it will be posted here. Please check back soon for more details. 

Resources for Michigan Businesses During COVID-19


AS OF MARCH 17, 2020 THE CDC STRONGLY RECOMMENDS THAT ALL OPTOMETRY PRACTICES IN MICHIGAN VOLUNTARILY SUSPEND NON-ESSENTIAL, NON-URGENT OPTOMETRIC CARE.



Highlighting that this is a rapidly changing situation, yesterday evening the CDC has released a recommendation that  ALL routine Dental and Eye Care appointments are postponed. This is a difficult decision that each practitioner needs to make individually. Clinics/offices should take steps to remain available to care for those patients needing urgent and/or essential care.  This will also be a great benefit to local hospital emergency rooms.

On March 14, Governor Whitmer issued this updated order for health care facilities prohibiting the entrance of certain visitors into a health care facility and a requirement for a health evaluation of all individuals that are not under the care of the health care facility. Please read the order carefully. Below is a general summary of the updated order.

Please note, the summary is not in any way intended as legal advice and is not a substitute to reading and implementing the order to the extent applicable. If you have further questions, please feel free to contact your attorney. The order itself does not define "health care facility." M.C.L.A. 331.1103 defines a Health Care Facility in a manner that would include the office of an optometrist. The most conservative interpretation would assume that an optometrist office is a health care facility.

Summary: 

1. Healthcare facilities are prohibited from allowing visitors who are not necessary for the provision of medical services into the facility (unless another allowable exception applies including certain exigent circumstances). 
2. Further, all health care facilities must perform a health evaluation of all individuals that are not under the care of that facility each time the individual enters the facility. Those that do not meet the evaluation criteria must be denied entry.