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Vision Care For Kids Act Of 2009

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC

VISION CARE FOR KIDS ACT OF 2009 -- (House of Representatives - March 30, 2009)


Mr. SCALISE. Mr. Speaker, I rise today in support of H.R. 577, the Vision Care for Kids Act. This bipartisan legislation provides eye examinations and follow-up care for children who have been identified as needing vision care services. This legislation builds on State programs currently in place with a focus on helping low-income children.

Undiagnosed and untreated vision problems can pose learning problems for children. Vision problems can have effects on a child's emotional, educational and physical development.

A majority of children entering school never have received a vision test and, for those who do receive a vision test and do not pass, many do not receive the recommended follow-up care. This legislation will enable more children to receive testing and the follow-up care, if necessary.

We need to continue to work towards a system by which roadblocks to a formative education for our children are eliminated. I stand in support of this legislation, and hope that my colleagues will join in.

Mr. Speaker, I reserve the balance of my time.


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