Sending Office: Honorable Leonard Lance
Extended Deadline- July 20, 2017
Good afternoon everyone:
At the request of several offices, we are extended the deadline one week to ensure everyone has enough time to gather their boss’ support for the letter. We will be extending the deadline to sign the letter below to next Thursday, the 20th.
The current list of signers is below and I want to thank everyone who has already agreed to sign on. Please let me or Yardly Pollas in Rep. Rush’s office know if you have any questions.
Urge the FTC to Withdraw its Burdensome and Costly Proposal to Require Signed Forms for All Contact Lens Patients
This letter expresses concern that the FTC’s proposal represents an unnecessary requirement for patients and costly regulatory burden on the nation’s eye doctors
Contact lenses have long been recognized in law and regulation as medical devices. Today, with advances in lens design, new products, and healthy competition, contact lenses are chosen by tens of millions of Americans for their vision correction needs, as
well as for cosmetic or therapeutic reasons.
In 2004, Congress passed the Fairness to Contact Lens Consumers Act (FCLCA). In passing the FCLCA, Congress attempted a careful balancing of interests in which lawmakers sought to promote competition in the sale of contact lenses and the health of eye care
patients while not imposing excessive burdens on eye care providers that would unduly raise costs and hurt competition.
Yet, in 2016, the FTC proposed a change to the regulations implementing the FCLCA which would mandate that every one of the more than 50,000 eye doctors obtain from each of the 40 million contact lens patients a signed document indicating that the patient
received a copy of their contact lens prescription.
The FTC justified this proposal by pointing to complaints from a total of 309 consumers (out of roughly 200 million contact lens prescriptions), and half of these complaints were unrelated to any violation of the law or rule. In addition, an independent
economic analysis indicated that, if finalized, the proposed FTC rule would cost each solo-practitioner eye doctor as much as $18,000 in the first year and a high-volume, multi-doctor practice could face added costs of nearly $75,000.
With persistent access to care issues and the cost of health care continuing to rise, Congress should be looking for ways to ease the burden on patients and their doctors instead of imposing an unnecessary requirement for patients and a costly burden on
their doctors. That is why we ask that you support your local patients and their eye doctors by signing this letter requesting the FTC to withdraw this burdensome and costly proposal.
If you would like to cosponsor or have any questions, please contact Rob Butora at
Robert.email@example.com or Yardly Pollas at
firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you in advance for your consideration.
Leonard Lance Bobby Rush
Member of Congress Member of Congress
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