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November 8, 1999 | SHARI ROAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
About 1 million Americans have undergone the laser eye surgery known as Lasik, and those numbers would likely be even greater if not for one thing: The quest for perfect vision costs about $2,000 per eye. Until now, patients typically have had to foot the entire bill for the surgery. That's because most health insurance policies do not pay for elective--or medically unnecessary--procedures.
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HEALTH
November 8, 1999 | SHARI ROAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
About 1 million Americans have undergone the laser eye surgery known as Lasik, and those numbers would likely be even greater if not for one thing: The quest for perfect vision costs about $2,000 per eye. Until now, patients typically have had to foot the entire bill for the surgery. That's because most health insurance policies do not pay for elective--or medically unnecessary--procedures.
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NEWS
December 16, 1994 | RONALD J. OSTROW, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Justice Department on Thursday sued and settled with the nation's largest vision care insurer over allegedly illegal agreements that the government said discourage optometrists from cutting prices or offering discounts on vision care services. Under the settlement, Vision Service Plan, headquartered in Rancho Cordova, Calif., will no longer require optometrists and ophthalmologists to give Vision Service the lowest price they charge individuals or other insurance plans.
NEWS
December 16, 1994 | RONALD J. OSTROW, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Justice Department on Thursday sued and settled with the nation's largest vision care insurer over allegedly illegal agreements that the government said discourage optometrists from cutting prices or offering discounts on vision care services. Under the settlement, Vision Service Plan, headquartered in Rancho Cordova, Calif., will no longer require optometrists and ophthalmologists to give Vision Service the lowest price they charge individuals or other insurance plans.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 25, 2000 | ROBERTO J. MANZANO
About 100 children at Maclay Middle School were ushered into the health office for eye exams Wednesday as part of a partnership between the Los Angeles Unified School District and a nationwide nonprofit vision services provider. Uninsured children who failed the tests will be given vouchers, worth about $160 each, for free comprehensive eye exams and glasses. Vision Service Plan has promised to donate 10,000 vouchers, said Karen Maiorca, the district's director of nursing.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 8, 2000 | ALLISON COHEN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Three fifth-graders from George Washington Elementary in Burbank are still nursing blisters, tired legs and sore knees after walking the 26.2-mile Los Angeles Marathon on Sunday, despite the worst weather in the event's 15-year history. "The rain was torture," said Daniel Dyer, 10, who completed the course in six hours and 50 minutes. "But I just thought about finishing. I set a goal and I made the most out of it."
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