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Could Utahns on Medicaid soon have access to eye glasses?
First Published Mar 06 2013 09:23 am • Last Updated Mar 06 2013 08:42 pm

Adults on Medicaid in Utah have been without eye care since the start of the recession. A bill to restore vision care, however, is one step away from final passage.

A private managed care company has said it can provide those services at no extra cost to the state, said the bill’s sponsor, Rep. Ronda Menlove, R-Garland. The company would extend vision care to all Medicaid enrollees using the same amount of funding now spent on eyeglasses for children.

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HB329 would direct the state Department of Health to request competitive bids, and if those bids come in budget-neutral, sign a contract.

The bill was unanimously approved Wednesday by the Senate Health and Human Services Committee and placed on the consent calendar of the Senate. It has already passed the House.

— Kirsten Stewart




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