Connect with us

Headlines

California Eyeglass Benefit Under Threat Again as Budget Cuts Target Medi-Cal

The governor said there’s a way to avoid the reductions.

mm

Published

on

Eyeglasses may be short-lived as a benefit under California’s Medicaid program.

Eyeglasses were restored just months ago to Medi-Cal’s list of covered services. They’d been off the list for years, a casualty of the Great Recession.

But a revised state budget released last week would cut eyeglasses along with many other services, such as hearing exams, physical therapy and podiatry, CBS 8 reports.

The proposed cuts come as COVID-19 continues to affect the state’s economy. It’s estimated they would save $54.7 million, according to CBS 8.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom said the cuts can be avoided if the federal government provides enough money to maintain the services.

“When there is a recession, the Medicaid program always faces difficult choices. They went after the usual suspects,” said John Baackes, CEO of LA Care Health, an insurance plan for Medi-Cal participants in Los Angeles County.

Advertisement

Read more at CBS 8

Since launching in 2014, INVISION has won 23 international journalism awards for its publication and website. Contact INVISION's editors at [email protected].

Advertisement

SPONSORED VIDEO

SPONSORED BY SHAMIR

Shamir Glacier PLUS™UV

Utilizing the most advanced technologies, Shamir Glacier PLUS™ UV ensures you receive the most enhanced performance from your lenses.

Promoted Headlines

Advertisement

Advertisement

Subscribe


BULLETINS

Get the most important news and business ideas for eyecare professionals every weekday from INVISION.

Advertisement

Most Popular