SB 85 – Allow Vision Service Corporations

Primary Senate Sponsors: Sen. Joyce Krawiec (R-Davie, Forsyth); Sen. Jim Burgin (R-Harnett, Johnston, Lee); Sen. Mike Woodard (D-Durham, Granville, Person)


This bill seeks to make the following changes to Article 65 of GS Chapter 58, which governs hospital, medical, and dental service corporations:

  • Includes corporations organized for the purpose of maintaining and operating a nonprofit vision service plan so that vision services can be provided by the corporation or optometrists participating in the plan, exempts such corporations from other state insurance law, authorizes certain corporations to (1) issue subscribers’ contracts or certificates for the provision of or payment of fees for services or care; and (2) enter into contracts with health care providers for the provision of or the payment of fees for services or care.
  • Makes several technical changes to defined terms within the Article including (1) dental service corporation; (2) dental service plan; (3) full-service corporation; (4) hospital service corporation; (5) hospital service plan; (6) medical service plan; (7) preferred provider; (8) single-service corporation; (9) vision service corporation; and (10) vision service plan.
  • Authorizes both full-service and single-service corporations to contract with other firms and corporations for joint assumption or underwriting of risks.
  • Requires a certificate or license issued by the Commissioner for a corporation to issue contracts for the rendering of vision services to subscribers.
  • Authorizes the Commissioner to require full-service and single-service plans or medical service associations to provide information as needed to determine the plan/service’s exemption status.


Filed – 2/11/2021

This bill was referred to the following Senate committees:

-Rules and Operations