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Actress Anne Hathaway, wearing a pair of Gucci eyeglasses. Photo courtesy Gucci.

Should the parents of a child covered under health care reforms who can’t make out the writing on a classroom chalkboard be able to buy Tag Heuer frames? How about a pair of Fendis? Or maybe Guccis?

The federal government says it’s not likely. After all, those are all high-end brands that retail for hundreds of dollars, a price far higher than what most would view as practical and certainly outside the spirit of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Yet, because of a lack of specificity in the law, concerns are running high about the potential for confusion and perhaps even abuse of the pediatric vision care provisions of the PPACA.

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