ALERT! Low Vision Device Coverage Bill Introduced in House of Representatives

I am excited to announce  that one of ACB’s legislative imperatives for 2013 has been introduced!  ... a  bill to allow for Medicare to cover certain low vision devices has been introduced in the House of Representatives. Representatives Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Gus Bilirakis (R-FL) have agreed to champion H.R. 3749, the Medicare Demonstration of Coverage for Low Vision Devices Act of 2013.  
This legislation seeks to do the following:

  • Would allow reimbursement for certain low vision devices that cost five-hundred dollars or more as durable medical equipment. 
  • Individuals would be eligible to participate in the demonstration project only after completing a low vision exam performed by a physician who would then deem a low vision device as medically necessary.
  • Legislation would evaluate, through a five-year national demonstration project administered by the Department of Health and Human Services, the fiscal impact of a permanent change to the Social Security Act.
  • National demonstration project is designed to provide a rich, well-structured and defined data set that can yield Medicare-program-wide evidence-based conclusions using appropriate statistical methods.

More information will be communicated on this issue in the coming weeks!

Eric Bridges
Director of External Relations and Policy
American Council of the Blind
2200 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 650
Arlington, VA 22201

The web page last updated December 13, 2013.