Vision plans

Legislation on vision plans exists on both the federal and state levels.

Federal legislation

Introduced by Reps. David Loebsack (D-Iowa) and Buddy Carter (R-Georgia), H.R. 3762, the Dental and Optometric Care Access Act (DOC Access Act), would eliminate plan mandates being forced on patients and their doctors, and complement state-level vision plan laws by disallowing detrimental policies by ERISA and other federally regulated plans. If enacted, the legislation would:

  • Ensure the doctor has a choice of labs.
  • Prevent plans from setting prices for non-covered services and materials.
  • Limit plan contracts to two years, unless the doctor chooses to extend the contract for another term.
  • Provide a private right of action provision for individual doctors to take offending plans to court.

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State-level legislation

For information on current and pending state-level legislation, please visit the AOA State Government Relations Center.

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