The Connecticut Association of Optometrists has selected State Rep. Themis Klarides as “Legislator Champion” for her work in ensuring that health insurance and state health programs cover vision care services for children.
Klarides worked to see that state laws cover eye exams and needed eyeglasses for individuals under 18 years of age. Legislation to do this passed this year in House Bill 5210, Public Act 18-10.
“I am honored to be recognized by the Connecticut Association of Optometrists,” Klarides said. “Vision care services are a vital component of the overall healthcare system for residents of our state.”
Brian T. Lynch, OD, legislative chair for the organization, said, “Rep. Klarides is a leader in working to see that state laws are patient friendly. We are pleased to recognize her efforts.”
CAO also thanked Rep. Klarides for her support of adequate funding of the state’s Medicaid program, which provides vital healthcare services to over 400,000 Connecticut residents. Vision care services are included in the services provided to enrollees.
Klarides is serving her tenth term in the Connecticut House, and serves as leader of the 71-member Republican caucus.