Eye Care Bill, nicknamed “Joey’s Bill”, was written in 2002 and
heard in four committees. In two of the hearings the vote was
unanimously in our favor. Representative Susan Bucher sponsored
the bill in the House and Senator Ron Klein sponsored in the Senate.
The bill numbers were HB 1117 SB 2062.
In 2003 the bill passed through the committees in which it was heard;
but like 2002, did not get to continue through the process to the
floor. The bill sponsors were Rep. Susan Bucher (HB 0115) and Senator
Alex Villalobos (SB 2174)
Sadly, in the 2004 session the House refused to hear the bill; however,
we will persevere and “Joey’s Bill” will pass…there is no reason
not to do this for the children of our state. The sponsors are Rep.
Bucher (HB 0907) and Senator Frederica Wilson (SB 2330)..
The Bill is
asking for the eye dilation exam before they leave the hospital,
the 6 to 8 week well-baby exam and the 6 to 9 month well-baby
exam. These three exams in the first six months of life will help
ensure healthy vision for all of the children in our state. No
child will loose an eye, go blind or die to a treatable eye disease
Too many children
have lost their vision needlessly and had their lives jeopardized
this year alone because we are not doing the eye dilation exam.
Healthy vision should be our children’s birthright. Working together
we will fix this for the children of our country and throughout
If you would
like to contact your legislators about this please contact me
Pam Bergsma (Joey's
619 South K St.
Lake Worth, Fl. 33460