Freedom of Choice - Medicaid

Section 38-1-2. Recipients' freedom of choice in selection of specialists to make eye examinations.

No program of public assistance for the visually handicapped operated in Alabama shall be administered in such a way or manner as to prevent the beneficiaries or recipients thereof from having complete freedom of choice in the selection of professional assistance in conducting any examination of the eyes that may be required as a condition precedent to participation in such program or the receipt of such public assistance; and there shall be no discrimination practiced in any such program as to the kinds of specialists who will be permitted to make such examinations. Examinations made by licensed optometrists, licensed ophthalmologists, and physicians skilled in the treatment of diseases of the eye shall be accepted, paid for and treated alike.

The provisions of this section may be enforced by injunction issued by a court of competent jurisdiction on complaint of any party aggrieved by a violation thereof.

(Acts 1967, No. 510, p. 1225.)