California Budget Legislation Signed by Gov. Brown Calls for Reinstating Some Vision Benefits

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017 12:21 AM SACRAMENTO, Calif.—State budget legislation in California, which was recently signed by Gov. Jerry Brown, will restore some vision care benefits to the state’s Medi-Cal program.

United Vision Partners Names Sami Abbasi CEO and President

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Friday, June 23, 2017 12:24 AM DALLAS—United Vision Partners (UVP), a leading network of comprehensive eyecare providers and a portfolio company of Waud Capital Partners has announced that health care industry executive Sami Abbasi has joined as CEO and president.

Pennsylvania Optometrist Files Complaint Against Davis Vision, HVHC and Highmark

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Friday, June 16, 2017 12:30 AM PHILADELPHIA— Alan Frank, OD, a Pennsylvania independent optometrist has filed a class action complaint “on behalf of himself and all others similarly situated” against Davis Vision Inc.,/ HVHC Inc. and their parent company Highmark Health in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia.

Prevent Blindness Spearheads Industry Coalition Seeking Senate Support of ‘Essential Health Benefits’

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Monday, June 12, 2017 12:24 AM CHICAGO—In an effort to preserve coverage for comprehensive eye exams for children, 101 industry organizations spearheaded by Prevent Blindness last week sent to U.S. Senate leaders a letter that outlined the importance of retaining the “essential health benefits” (EHB) definition in any effort the Senate undertakes to draft new health care legislation.

HVHC’s Davis Vision Closes Plainview, NY Laboratory

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017 12:27 AM NEW YORK—Davis Vision has closed its Plainview, Long Island laboratory, VMail has learned. The 30-year-old lab’s closure was communicated to employees on Monday.

Officers and Board Elected at NAVCP Vision Health Summit

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Friday, April 28, 2017 12:27 AM SAN DIEGO—The program agenda was “Future Focused” as executives of the country’s largest managed vision care plans and insurers, joined by allied members and some major optical retailers, came together here for two days at the National Association of Vision Care Plans (NAVCP) annual Vision Health Summit.

Ophthalmologists Visit Capitol Hill to Discuss Issues Affecting Medical and Surgical Eyecare

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Friday, April 28, 2017 12:21 AM WASHINGTON—Eye physicians and surgeons representing the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) met with members of Congress this week to discuss many of the primary issues they believe are affecting medical and surgical eyecare.

Survey Says Employees Value Vision Benefits, But Desire Better Eyewear Coverage and Education

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017 12:18 AM SAN DIEGO—Vision benefits are a key component of an employer’s overall health benefit package for employees and just by offering vision coverage it could set companies apart and increase employee satisfaction, according to the findings of a new survey.

VSP’s Steve Wright Retires

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Friday, April 21, 2017 12:27 AM RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif.—Steve Wright, most recently president of VSP Global’s Omni-Channel Solutions business, has retired. Wright’s retirement was announced internally last week and is effective immediately.

VisionWeb Partners With ZirMed for Insurance Clearinghouse Platform

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Monday, March 27, 2017 12:24 AM AUSTIN, Texas—VisionWeb is partnering with ZirMed, Inc. a leader in cloud-based claim management solutions, for ZirMed’s insurance clearinghouse platform.

Premier Eye Care Names Jeff Nowak to New Role as Chief Solutions Officer

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Monday, March 20, 2017 12:24 AM TAMPA, Fla.—Premier Eye Care, a leader in providing innovative and affordable solutions for managed medical and routine eyecare, has named Jeff Nowak as chief solutions officer. Nowak is an experienced leader in health care operations, process improvement and technology, according to a Premier Eye Care statement.

National Association of Vision Care Plans (NAVCP) to Hold Its Annual Vision Health Summit April in San Diego

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Monday, February 20, 2017 12:24 AM WASHINGTON, D.C.—The National Association of Vision Care Plans will hold its annual Vision Health Summit April 23 to 25, 2017 in San Diego, Calif.

In Response to Court Rulings, Aetna-Humana and Cigna-Anthem Call an End to Merger Plans

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017 12:21 AM NEW YORK—Valentine’s Day was not so sweet for the four leading U.S. health plans. The sweeping consolidation of U.S. health plans will not come to fruition, at least in the combos of Aetna/Humana and Cigna/Anthem.

U.S. District Court Blocks Proposed Aetna-Humana Merger

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Wednesday, January 25, 2017 12:24 AM WASHINGTON, D.C.—The health insurance companies Aetna and Humana have been blocked in their attempt to merge their businesses by a federal judge, who issued a 158-page opinion preempting the deal.
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