New Ohio vision care legislation passed

Law serves as model for all U.S. states

In December, Ohio Governor, John Kasich, passed groundbreaking House Bill 156 (HB 156), marking a significant win for the managed vision care (MVC) industry. The law’s provisions are advantageous to all members of the ecosystem—consumers, providers and the MVC company alike.

See highlights of HB 156 below:

  • The new law continues to allow vision plans to negotiate discounts on behalf of their members; however, it’s not mandatory that providers participate. In other states, providers are allowed to opt out of offering discounts on non-covered services (such as 40% off additional pairs). Ohio is now joining these states.
  • It provides consumers with the ability to make informed choices through cost and material source transparency between the provider and the member. For example, if a provider chooses to opt out of offering discounts on non-covered services, they are now required to communicate this to members in writing. Or, if the provider selects materials from labs outside the network and they truly believe it’s in the member’s best interest, they’re required to disclose it in writing to the member.

Kudos to the National Association of Vision Plans (NAVCP) and the Ohio Optometric Association (OOA) for spearheading this vision industry win for Ohio – and potentially the rest of the country. As EyeMed president and chairman of the NAVCP’s board of directors, Lukas Ruecker says, “This legislation can serve as a model for consumer vision care protections in all states.”

Want more information? Click here for the Vision Monday press release.

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