Children's Vision Massachusetts Newsletter
LEGISLATIVE UPDATE  
House Overrides Governor's Veto
The House of Representatives has voted to override the Governor's veto of amendment Section 135, the establishment of a special commission to study and report on childhood vision and eye health in the Commonwealth.  A two thirds vote of each branch is required to override a gubernatorial veto For text of Section 135 click here .

PUBLIC HEARING for H3224 to establish a children's vision registry and special commission on childhood vision and eye health, JOINT COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC HEALTH, TUESDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2017, 1:00 P.M., HEARING ROOM A-2. The Children's Vision Massachusetts Coalition will provide testimony in support of H3224 with the message that Massachusettshas been a champion regarding its children's vision screening program through legislation (2004); DPH mandates; and a commitment on the part of pediatricians, schools nurses and health managers to provide quality screenings and facilitate referral to eye exams when indicated; but that gaps remain. The next step in achieving a Comprehensive Universal Children's Vision Health Program is a statewide information system to provide data for follow-up, surveillance and evaluation. 
2017 Children's Vision Advocacy Day at the State House

October 18, 2017; Grand Staircase, Great Hall of Flags; 10am
Join Rep. Christine Barber, Senate President Stan Rosenberg, other elected officials, members of the Children's Vision MA Coalition, students, partners, friends, and children from East Boston's Umana Academy at the State House on Oct. 18.  Music by Bo Winiker!  The event is free, lunch is included, and children are welcome.  Visits with legislators will be scheduled from 1p-3p for those who would like to participate. Network, meet new colleagues, and be an advocate for improving the vision health of children in Massachusetts!
 
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