H. R. 3975
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
January 29, 2014
Mr. Owens introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Ways and Means, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide coverage for low vision devices under Medicare, and for other purposes.
Medicare coverage for low vision devices
Coverage as durable medical equipment
Section 1861(n) of the Social Security Act (
42 U.S.C. 1395x(n)
) is amended by inserting
low vision devices (as defined in subsection (iii)(1)), after
Low vision devices defined
Section 1861 of the Social Security Act ( 42 U.S.C. 1395x ) is amended by adding at the end the following new subsection:
Low vision device; low vision
The term low vision device means a device that—
is an electronic optical device with one or more lenses that operates to modify or enlarge images;
is prescribed by an ophthalmologist or optometrist to an individual with low vision in order to address such low vision; and
meets such other requirements as the Secretary may prescribe.
The term low vision means macular degeneration, glaucoma, or other visual impairment that—
cannot be corrected by standard eyeglasses, contact lenses, medication, or surgery; and
interferes with the ability of the individual involved to perform everyday activities (as determined by the Secretary).
The amendments made by this section shall apply with respect to low vision devices furnished on or after January 1, 2016.