Third and fourth hearings were held at the Ohio Statehouse this week on an Ohio House bill that allows doctors to increase non-covered vision service costs. If passed, Ohio House Bill 156 would drive up the cost of
non-covered vision services for OCSEA members who are currently covered under the Union Benefits Trust.
There is speculation, however, that a substitute version of the bill could be introduced to address concerns brought about by vocal opponents. Those opponents include OCSEA and the Union Benefits Trust, as well as an unlikely ally, the Ohio Chamber of Commerce. UBT and the Chamber offered opposition testimony this week. OCSEA says HB 156 would prevent vision benefit administrators, like VSP for example, from offering savings to enrollees on non-covered services.
Read the UBT's testimony opposing HB 156.
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