Eye Exams for Medicare beneficiaries with Diabetes

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Sent: Tuesday, January 23, 2001 2:13 PM

Subject: [VeteranIssues] Eye Exams for Medicare beneficiaries with Diabetes



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> The Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA) in collaboration with the

> American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) and the American Optometric

> Association

> (AOA) have initiated a National program for Medicare beneficiaries with

> diabetes to encourage them to get their eyes examined. Under the


> beneficiaries age 65 and older who have diabetes and haven't had a medical

> eye

> exam in the past three years, will be matched with a volunteer

> ophthalmologist

> in their area. They'll receive a free comprehensive eye exam and up to one

> year

> of follow-up care for any condition diagnosed at the initial exam. To get

> the

> name of an ophthalmologist participating in the EyeCare AmericaSM -


> Eye Care Project® in a specific area, call the 24 hour toll-free number at

> 1-

> 800-222-3937.


> Beneficiaries can also call the American Optometric Association's Diabetes

> Hot

> Line at 1-800-262-3947 (7AM - 7PM Monday through Friday CST) to be matched

> with

> an optometrist in your area who will perform an eye exam and arrange for

> subsequent care. Depending on financial need, the optometrist may waive


> Medicare deductible and co-payment for this service.


> Web Sites of Interest:

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> Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA)

> http://www.hcfa.gov/link_rec.asp?URL=http://www.eyenet.org


> American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)

> http://www.eyenet.org/


> American Optometric Association (AOA)

> http://www.aoanet.org/


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> SOURCE:  MEDICARE web page at http://www.medicare.gov

> For more information, contact Kathy Winchester at kwinchester@hcfa.gov

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