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Improving Access to Eye Care Services for Rural Families

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Location: Washington, DC

Of nationwide community health centers across the country, only 11% have a full-time eye care professional on staff and less than 30% offer on-site vision services. Unfortunately, this means that many families on tight budgets delay or do without eye care until their conditions become emergencies. That's why I've introduced a bill to expand eye care services in rural America. By allowing optometrists to participate in an existing student loan repayment program for health care providers, my bill will encourage optometrists to work in rural or underserved areas.


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