Wyoming Optometric Association's Role:
The WOA will coordinate efforts between school nurses and VSP. WOA will receive the request form from the school nurse and review the data for completeness. Upon approval of the request, WOA will send a Gift Certificate back to the requesting School Nurse.
Vision Service Plan (VSP) will provide eye care services at no charge to qualifying students whose families' income is at or at less than 200% of the federal poverty level and who do not qualify for any State or Federal programs or are not enrolled in a health plan that provides vision care. The services will include an eye exam from one of VSP's participating doctors and glasses, should they be prescribed. There will be no cost to the families unless they choose to purchase a cosmetic option or other extras. VSP has an annual limit of 50,000 cases donated nationally.
School Nurse's Role:
Participating school nurses will identify qualified students who appear to require eye care services. The school nurse, with the permission of the family, will verify that the child meets the following criteria:
- Family income is 200% or less than the poverty level.
- Child is not enrolled in Medicaid, Kid Care, or other vision insurance.
- Child is 18 years of age or younger or has not graduated from high school.
- Child or parent is a US citizen or resident alien with a social security number.
- Child has not used the program during the last 12 months.
The school nurse will complete the online Benefit Form. The WOA will review the request and send the completed certificate to the submitting school nurse. Once the Gift Certificate has been sent to the nurse for the student's use, the school nurse will assist the child's family in making an appointment with a VSP doctor. When they make the appointment, please ask them to use this script: "I'd like to make an appointment for (child's name), who has VSP insurance. We will bring the VSP Benefit Certificate to the appointment to receive services."
If you have any questions regarding the program, please don't hesitate to contact the WOA.