Vision Plans’ Inclusion in Exchange Could Be Delayed
Last week, Covered California tabled a proposal from the vision insurance industry that aimed to resolve a timing obstacle related to selling vision plans through the state's health insurance exchange. Last year, the vision industry successfully lobbied for the ability to sell adult vision insurance to individuals through the state exchange. However, federal policy issued March 29 prohibits the use of federal funds to support vision or other benefits not deemed essential under federal law. Anne Gonzales -- spokesperson for Covered California -- said that the exchange is evaluating its options for offering vision plans.
- "Vision Plans' Launch on California Health Exchange Still Up in the Air" (Sanders, Sacramento Bee, 6/26).