Eyecare for low income people (Have state MA)

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Eyecare for low income people (Have state MA)

Postby zeropoint » Sun Jul 07, 2013 11:02 am

I am on SSDI, and it's beyond time for me to get an eye exam, update my glasses prescription, and get new contacts. I have state MA but have no idea if that covers eye exams or not.

I am looking for the best, most affordable place to go for eye care for someone in my situation.

(FWIW, I have glasses frames already that I like but would need to replace just the lenses. A place that does price-matching on contact lenses would be cool too. My biggest concern, cost-wise, is the contacts. I wear 2-week disposables. Also, I can be slightly hard to fit for contacts since my pupils dilate more than most people's, and they dilate beyond the optic area of most lenses--more info than you needed, but I've been to eye doctors, not in Madison, who couldn't fit my lenses right because of that.)

I am mobile so can go to any part of town.

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Re: Eyecare for low income people (Have state MA)

Postby Korrigan » Fri Jul 12, 2013 12:25 pm

I don't have a recommended provider.

This benefits manual discusses what is covered, but you might want to call if you have specific questions (especially about costs for eyeglasses and whether contact lenses are covered at all--key phone contacts are listed on front page of manual):

page 51:
(it's in a two-column table for two different groups of plans)
Routine Vision, BadgerCare Plus Standard Plan/Medicaid/Well Woman Medicaid:
Full coverage including eyeglasses — $.50 to $3 copay per service.

Routine Vision, Benchmark Plan:
One eye exam every two years, with refraction — $15 copay per visit.

I'm assuming since you are on SSDI, you are in the first plan category (Medicaid, "Full coverage...")

(The manual was on this page:
http://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/forwardhea ... dB/toc.htm

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