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Vermont S. 215, An Act Relating to the Regulation of Vision Insurance Plans

June 2, 2016

Health Care News reported in June 2016:A new Vermont law protects vision care providers from retribution by insurance companies when providers recommend or sell products and services not covered by their patients’ insurance plans.

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Health Care News reported in June 2016:

A new Vermont law protects vision care providers from retribution by insurance companies when providers recommend or sell products and services not covered by their patients’ insurance plans.

“A vision care plan or other health insurance plan shall not restrict or otherwise limit, directly or indirectly, an optometrist’s, ophthalmologist’s or independent optician’s choice of or relationship with sources and suppliers … more beneficial to the consumer,” Senate Bill 215 states.

The bill adds to a section of existing law prohibiting eye doctors from charging more than their “usual and customary rate” for services and materials not covered by a patient’s insurance plan.

Signed by Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin (D) on June 2, the law will take effect on July 1.