H.R. 3749: The Medicare Demonstration of Coverage for Low Vision Devices Act of 2013 – VisionAware Blog – VisionAware

Mark Richert, Esq.

Mark Richert, Esq.

Guest blogger Mark Richert, Esq. is an attorney with extensive experience in public policy and governmental relations in the vision loss field and is the Director of the Public Policy Center of the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB). The AFB Public Policy Center, in Washington, DC, collaborates with policy makers in Congress and the Executive Branch to ensure that Americans with vision loss have equal rights and opportunities to fully participate in society. As Director, Mark is AFB's primary representative to the United States Congress and to federal agencies with oversight of programs and services of key importance to individuals with vision loss. You can read his full biography at the AFB website. Medicare and Low Vision Devices For decades, the vision loss community has been advocating for Medicare's coverage of assistive technologies, particularly low vision devices. Currently, Medicare will not pay for any device that happens to use a lens, regardless of whether the device incorporates any other features. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the federal agency responsible for the management of Medicare, has ruled that devices containing a lens – such as low vision devices – are excluded from coverage, just as are eyeglasses or contact lenses, except in very narrow circumstances. New Legislation Introduced Now, for the first time, federal legislation would begin to change this unacceptable national policy by establishing a nationwide Medicare demonstration project to evaluate the fiscal impact of a permanent change in Medicare coverage to pay for low vision devices.
Source: H.R. 3749: The Medicare Demonstration of Coverage for Low Vision Devices Act of 2013 - VisionAware Blog - VisionAware


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