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Ros-Lehtinen Pleased with Passage of Legislation that Provides Grants to States for Medical Treatment for Uninsured Children with Vision Disorders

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Ros-Lehtinen Pleased with Passage of Legislation that Provides Grants to States for Medical Treatment for Uninsured Children with Vision Disorders

Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, a senior member of the Florida Congressional Delegation, is pleased with House passage of legislation that will provide federal grants to states so they in turn can give uninsured children medical treatment for vision disorders. Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen is an original co-sponsor of this legislation, "Vision Care for Kids Act".

This bill would establish and authorize state grants to provide exams and follow up treatment for uninsured children that have potential vision disorders. The authors of the bill drafted it to assure that every dollar goes to treat children who otherwise would not have access to necessary vision care services. The legislation seeks to help the roughly 1.8 million children under the age of 18 that are blind or have some form of visual impairment. Diseases of the eyes such as Amblyopia, strabismus and a number of other visual impairments, can be eliminated through earlier diagnosis and treatment so the legislation would help catch problems at an early age and thus greatly improve the diagnosis.

Said Ros-Lehtinen, "Many states have taken the required steps to identify children for vision disorders, but children without health insurance cannot afford the necessary exams and treatment. This legislation will correct this and make sure that states provide the necessary treatment to uninsured children with potential vision disorders. I urge my colleagues in the Senate to act on this bill and help us help the millions of uninsured children living with vision diseases."

The legislation "Vision Care for Kids Act" (H.R. 577) has the strong endorsement of the leading health care organizations representing pediatric eye and vision health.


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