When it comes to vision care, there are many children who simply fall through the cracks. We are talking about children with no vision insurance, who don’t qualify for Medicaid, and would not otherwise be able to afford vision exams or glasses.
Our goal: Reach kids without access to vision care to make sure they are on an even playing field visually with their peers.
NFCV has partnered with the Nebraska Optometric Association and Lincoln Public Schools (LPS) Health Services on a pilot project to help those students who may not have access to vision care through other avenues.
The target population is uninsured students enrolled in Kindergarten – 12th grade in the LPS system. These LPS students will be referred by LPS school nurses, will not be covered under vision insurance or Medicaid or have other financial means to afford an exam or prescription glasses. The NFCV will reimburse participating Nebraska Optometric Association optometrists who see these students according to Medicaid reimbursement protocol, with a few modifications.
The program was recently awarded a $5,000 grant through the American Optometric Association’s 2014 Healthy Eyes Healthy People® (HEHP) Community Grant Program. The grant is one of 17 grants made possible by the generous support of Luxottica USA.
The Vision & Learning Pilot Program is made possible by the generosity of the following organizations:
Kinder Porter Scott Foundation
Belmont Family Association
Capital City Kiwanis Club
Community Health Endowment of Lincoln
Eastridge Elementary PTO
Fredstrom Elementary PTO
Hill Elementary PTO
Kiwanis Club Foundation of Lincoln
Kiwanis Club of Capital City Foundation
Kooser Elementary PTO
Leirion Gaylor Baird
Lincoln Area Retired School Personnel
Lincoln Northeast FFE
LPS School Nurses
Merle Beattie PTO
Norwood Park Elementary PTO
Paul Adams Elementary PTO
Pound Middle School PTO
Randolph Elementary PTO
Random Acts of Kindness Group
Saratoga Elementary PTO
Schoo Middle School PTO
Southeast High School PTSO