H. R. 1983
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
April 20, 2007
Ms. Schakowsky (for herself, Mrs. Bono, Mr. Boozman, and Mr. Wynn) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce
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.
This Act may be cited as the
Optometric Equity in Medicaid Act of
Requiring Medicaid coverage of professional services of optometrists that are otherwise covered when furnished by a physician
Section 1905(a)(5) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1396d(a)(5)) is amended—
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)).
The amendments made by subsection (a) shall take effect on the date of the enactment of this Act.