HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 1899        FILED ON: 1/15/2015

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 2046

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Jeffrey Sánchez

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To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
Court assembled:

The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act relative to assessing the Commonwealth’s eye care and vision health needs.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Jeffrey Sánchez

15th Suffolk

Tackey Chan

2nd Norfolk

Paul W. Mark

2nd Berkshire

David Paul Linsky

5th Middlesex

Dennis A. Rosa

4th Worcester

Claire D. Cronin

11th Plymouth

Ruth B. Balser

12th Middlesex

Kay Khan

11th Middlesex

William Smitty Pignatelli

4th Berkshire

Michael D. Brady

Second Plymouth and Bristol

Chris Walsh

6th Middlesex

Diana DiZoglio

14th Essex

Gailanne M. Cariddi

1st Berkshire

Jay D. Livingstone

8th Suffolk

Angelo J. Puppolo, Jr.

12th Hampden

Stephen L. DiNatale

3rd Worcester

James R. Miceli

19th Middlesex

Michelle M. DuBois

10th Plymouth

John W. Scibak

2nd Hampshire

Thomas M. Petrolati

7th Hampden

Tom Sannicandro

7th Middlesex

Daniel J. Ryan

2nd Suffolk

Brian M. Ashe

2nd Hampden

James M. Murphy

4th Norfolk

David T. Vieira

3rd Barnstable

James B. Eldridge

Middlesex and Worcester

Jennifer E. Benson

37th Middlesex

Jose F. Tosado

9th Hampden

Benjamin Swan

11th Hampden

Brian R. Mannal

2nd Barnstable

John J. Mahoney

13th Worcester

Bruce J. Ayers

1st Norfolk

Timothy R. Madden

Barnstable, Dukes and Nantucket

Leonard Mirra

2nd Essex

Susan Williams Gifford

2nd Plymouth

Thomas A. Golden, Jr.

16th Middlesex

Marc T. Lombardo

22nd Middlesex

Bradley H. Jones, Jr.

20th Middlesex

Jonathan Hecht

29th Middlesex

James M. Cantwell

4th Plymouth

Bradford R. Hill

4th Essex

Colleen M. Garry

36th Middlesex

James J. O'Day

14th Worcester

Michael J. Finn

6th Hampden

James Arciero

2nd Middlesex

Timothy R. Whelan

1st Barnstable

Carlos Gonzalez

10th Hampden

Joseph F. Wagner

8th Hampden

Walter F. Timilty

7th Norfolk


HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 1899        FILED ON: 1/15/2015

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 2046

By Mr. Sánchez of Boston, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2046) of Jeffrey Sánchez and others for an investigation by a special commission relative to the eye care and vision health needs of the Commonwealth.  Public Health.

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

 

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In the One Hundred and Eighty-Ninth General Court
(2015-2016)

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An Act relative to assessing the Commonwealth’s eye care and vision health needs.

 

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
 

SECTION 1.  There shall be a special commission on the eye care and vision health needs of the Commonwealth.  The commission shall consist of 13 members who shall be appointed by the governor: 1 of whom shall be a representative of the New England College of Optometry; 1 of whom shall be a representative of a medical school located in the Commonwealth; 1 of whom shall be a representative of the Massachusetts Society of Optometrists; 1 of whom shall be a representative of the Massachusetts Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons; 1 of whom shall be an optometrist who is licensed in the Commonwealth; 1 of whom shall be an ophthalmologist who is licensed in the Commonwealth; 1 of whom shall be a representative of the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers, Inc.;  1 of whom shall be a representative of the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind; 1 of whom shall be a representative of an organization that advocates for consumers of health care; 1 of whom shall be a representative of the Massachusetts Public Health Association; 1 of whom shall be a representative of the Executive Office of Education; 1 of whom shall be a representative of the Executive Office of Elder Affairs and; 1 of whom shall be a representative of the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services, who shall serve as chairperson of the commission.

The commission shall: (i) report on the current status of and foreseeable needs for eye care and vision health in the Commonwealth; (ii) identify existing pathways for access to eye and vision care services; (iii) identify mechanisms for addressing the Commonwealth’s unmet eye care and vision health needs with a particular focus on urban and rural settings;  (iv) identify strategies for addressing the Commonwealth’s unmet eye care and vision health needs in children and seniors and (v) provide recommendations for additional legislation, support programs and resources necessary to provide persons with eye care or vision health needs access to services.

Vacancies in the membership of the commission shall be filled in the same manner provided for the original appointments. The commission shall organize within 120 days following the appointment of a majority of its members. The chairperson shall appoint a secretary who need not be a member of the commission.

The commission shall be entitled to call to its assistance and avail itself of the services of the employees of any state, county or municipal department, board, bureau, commission or agency as it may require and as may be available to it for its purposes.

The executive office of health and human services shall provide staff support to the commission.

The commission shall report to the general court the results of its investigation and study and its recommendations, if any, together with drafts of legislation necessary to carry its recommendations into effect, by filing the same with Joint Committee on Public Health, the Joint Committee on Health Care Financing and the clerks of the house of representatives and the senate on or before December 31, 2016.