Health reform eye care provisions on track for 2014 implementation

July 26, 2013

The Obama administration announced July 2 it was delaying the deadline until 2015 for penalties targeting large employers who do not provide health insurance coverage to their workers.

Although this decision represents a significant change to the president’s timetable and approach toward implementation, the AOA Advocacy Group reports there has been no change in the law’s full recognition of optometrists as providers of essential care or in how eye health care will be integrated into comprehensive health insurance coverage for children beginning in 2014.

“In fact, the AOA remains intently focused on the on-time implementation of the law’s federal ban on discrimination against ODs by health plans, including ERISA plans, and the nationwide requirement that new health plans must cover an annual comprehensive eye exam through age 18,” said AOA President Mitchell T. Munson, O.D.

Dr. Munson urged AOA member to check resources such as the AOA website News page (www.aoa.org/news) for updates as implementation of the federal health reform law proceeds.

“Optometrists know they can rely on the AOA as the best, most accurate and timely source for information on how OD practices will be impacted by it,” Dr. Munson said.

For more information, AOA members can contact Jon Hymes, AOA Washington office director, at 800-365-2219 or jfhymes@aoa.org.

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