(1) Eligibility requirements for the visual medical program are:

(a) The person has an eye condition which needs the attention of an ophthalmologist or optometrist in order to prevent blindness, to restore sight or to treat an eye condition due to blindness.

(b) The person is not otherwise eligible for medical assistance from any other state or federal program including the vocational rehabilitation services program.

(c) The person must be financially in need due to the anticipated costs of the medical services he is to receive.

(i) A person who is above the cost of living standards provided for in ARM 46.10.403, may at the discretion of the department receive visual medical services if the costs of the treatment and eye care would result in that person's having inadequate financial resources to meet the relevant cost of living standards.

History: Sec. 53-7-302, MCA; IMP, Sec. 53-7-302, MCA; NEW, 1984 MAR p. 511, Eff. 3/30/84; TRANS, from SRS, 1998 MAR p. 2040.