HISTORY OF CVMA ADVOCACY
To establish a Trust, funded through a Registry of Motor Vehicle “check-off” to build a system of coordinated eye health services to children in Massachusetts
2015: HB1886; HB429
The Department of Public Health shall issue a report relating to vision screening for children entering kindergarten.
2017: (January) H 3224/S1219
- DPH Establish and maintain a statewide vision registry with results of screening and eye exam; and
- DPH establish a Special Commission on Childhood Vision and Eye Health
2017: (April) Amendment SD1517
DPH establish a Special Commission on Childhood Vision and Eye Health.
2017: (October) CVMA Advocacy Day.
The Massachusetts Senate voted to override the Governor’s veto and establish Special Commission on Children’s Vision and Eye Health.
2017: (November): Special Commission on Childhood Vision and Eye Health established
The commission shall study children’s vision care and quality, including (i) vision screening, (ii) eye examinations and appropriate preventative measures and (iii) develop recommendations for ensuring screenings for all children. The commission shall review the commonwealth’s success at preventative measures, including screening, and treating all of its children for vision impairments and eye disease and identify populations that do not receive screening, eye examinations or necessary related treatments.
August 2018 to December 2019:
The Special Commission on Children’s Vision and Eye Health convened. Recommendations to be released.