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Titles (3)

Short Titles

Short Titles - Senate

Short Title(s) as Introduced

DOC Access Act of 2021
Dental and Optometric Care Access Act of 2021

Official Titles

Official Titles - Senate

Official Titles as Introduced

A bill to amend title XXVII of the Public Health Service Act to improve health care coverage under vision and dental plans, and for other purposes.


Actions Overview (1)

Date Actions Overview
05/24/2021Introduced in Senate

All Actions (1)

Date All Actions
05/24/2021Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.
Action By: Senate

Cosponsors (2)

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CosponsorDate Cosponsored
Sen. Cramer, Kevin [R-ND]* 05/24/2021
Sen. Capito, Shelley Moore [R-WV] 06/08/2021

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Committee / Subcommittee Date Activity Related Documents
Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions05/24/2021 Referred to

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Introduced in Senate (05/24/2021)

Dentist and Optometric Care Access Act of 2021 or the DOC Access Act of 2021

This bill prohibits private health insurance plans from setting rates for items and services, except for dental cleanings, provided by a doctor of optometry, of dental surgery, or of dental medicine for which the plan does not pay a substantial amount.

Additionally, an agreement between a plan and such a doctor for limited scope dental or vision benefits may last longer than two years only with the prior acceptance of the doctor for each term extension. Plans also may not restrict such a doctor's choice of laboratories or suppliers.

Such doctors may elect to waive the application of the payment amount and choice of laboratories provisions of this bill.

The bill establishes a private right of action for a person adversely affected by a violation of this bill.

The bill does not supersede state laws regarding health insurers and dental or vision benefit plans.