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Text of the Optometric Equity in Medicaid Act of 2007

This bill was introduced on April 20, 2007, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted. The text of the bill below is as of Apr 20, 2007 (Introduced).

Source: GPO

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110th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 1983

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

April 20, 2007

(for herself, Mrs. Bono, Mr. Boozman, and Mr. Wynn) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce

A BILL

To amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to require Medicaid coverage of professional services of optometrists that are otherwise covered when furnished by a physician.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Optometric Equity in Medicaid Act of 2007.

2.

Requiring Medicaid coverage of professional services of optometrists that are otherwise covered when furnished by a physician

(a)

In general

Section 1905(a)(5) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1396d(a)(5)) is amended—

(1)

by striking and before (B); and

(2)

by inserting before the semicolon at the end the following: , and (C) medical and surgical services furnished by an optometrist (described in section 1861(r)(4)) to the extent such services may be performed under State law either by a doctor of medicine or by a doctor of optometry and would be described in clause (A) if furnished by a physician (as defined in section 1861(r)(1)).

(b)

Effective date

The amendments made by subsection (a) shall take effect on the date of the enactment of this Act.