§4585a. Optometrists; visual services

Link to law: http://legislature.vermont.gov/statutes/section/08/125/04585a
Published: 2015

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4585a. Optometrists; visual services

Whenever any

policy of insurance or any medical service plan or hospital service contract or

hospital and medical service contract provides for reimbursement for any visual

service which is within the lawful scope of practice of a duly licensed

optometrist with qualifications as defined by 26 V.S.A. § 1691, the insured or

other person entitled to the benefits under the policy shall be entitled to

reimbursement for the services, whether the services are performed by a duly

licensed physician or by a duly licensed optometrist, whichever the insured

selects. Notwithstanding any provision to the contrary in any statute or in any

policy, plan, or contract, duly licensed optometrists shall be entitled to

participate in such policies, plans, or contracts providing for visual services

to the same extent as fully licensed physicians and no insurer shall make or

permit any unfair discrimination against particular individuals or persons so

licensed. (1971, No. 186 (Adj. Sess.), eff. March 30, 1972.)