Bill Summaries: H36 (2017-2018 Session)

  • Summary date: Apr 27 2017 - View summary

    House committee substitute deletes the provisions of the 1st edition and now provides the following.

    Directs the NC Institute of Medicine (NC IOM) to study the issues addressed in HB 36 Enact Enhanced Access to Eye Care Act, as introduced during the 2017 Regular Session of the General Assembly. 

    Directs NC IOM to report findings and recommendations pertaining to access to eye care, including draft legislation if appropriate, to the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Health and Human Services by October 1, 2018.

    Makes conforming changes to the act's long and short titles.

  • Summary date: Feb 1 2017 - View summary

    Includes whereas clauses about the practice of optometry in North Carolina, emphasizing the need to update the statutes governing the practice in order to increase access and affordability of eye care.

    Amends GS 90-114, which specifies the practices that constitute the practice of optometry. Deletes clauses that excluded surgery from the practice of optometry. Adds a new subsection (b), which specifies 18 procedures that do not constitute the practice of optometry, including retina laser procedures, LASIK, PRK, certain types of nonlaser surgery, keratoplasty, certain types of injections, the administration of general anesthesia, and procedures performed under general anesthesia.

    Effective January 1, 2018.