From: The Honorable Carolyn B. Maloney
Bill: H.R. 2050
Cosponsor Medicare Demonstration of Coverage for Low Vision Devices Act of 2017
American Council of the Blind
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 80 million Americans are at risk of serious vision loss – a number expected to increase as the baby boomer
generation ages. For someone with low vision, reading a book or crossing the street can be difficult even with the help of glasses or contacts due to blurriness or distortion.
A physician can prescribe magnifiers or special optical devices, but the current exclusion from Medicare coverage for these devices greatly reduces access to them. The exclusion
for reimbursement for devices that include a lens to aid vision or provide magnification of images for impaired vision hurts American seniors on fixed incomes. They can aid Medicare beneficiaries with vision loss to lead healthy, safe, independent lives. Coverage
of these devices will greatly enhance the ability of older Americans to age independently and enjoy everyday activities.
To understand the impact of covering these devices for America’s seniors, we have reintroduced H.R. 2050, the Medicare Demonstration of Coverage for Low Vision Devices Act
(H.R. 729 in the 114th Congress). Under the bill, the Department of Health and Human Services would administer a five-year national demonstration project to evaluate the economic impact of allowing reimbursement for certain low vision devices under the Social
Security Act. The text is identical to the bill introduced in the 114th Congress.
For more information or to cosponsor this legislation, please have your staff contact Christina Parisi with Rep. Maloney (firstname.lastname@example.org
or x5-7944) or Thomas Power with Rep. Bilirakis (email@example.com or x5-5755) .
CAROLYN B. MALONEY
Member of Congress
GUS M. BILIRAKIS
Member of Congress