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HISTORY OF CVMA ADVOCACY

2004: Chapter 181, An Act Relative to Eye Examinations for Children

2013: SB1757/S1672 An Act Relative to the Save Our Children’s Sight Fund.

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

  1. DPH Establish and maintain a statewide vision registry with results of screening and eye exam; and
  2. 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 in favor of establishing a 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.