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Bilirakis Introduces Legislation to Investigate Medicare and Medicaid Disability Accommodations

August 10, 2017
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis (FL-12) introduced bipartisan legislation – H.R. 3457 – to investigate Medicare and Medicaid disability accommodations, and help ensure equal access to blind and visually impaired Americans who depend on the programs.

By law, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) must provide reasonable accommodations for those with disabilities. However, groups like the American Council of the Blind and the American Foundation for the Blind have indicated that written materials issued by CMS, including important information relating to benefit changes, are often provided in non-accessible print. Bilirakis’ bill, H.R. 3457, would require a Government Accountability Office evaluation of CMS to determine if CMS is providing reasonable accommodations for blind and visually impaired Americans.

“Today, whether it’s large print or text-to-voice technology, blind and visually impaired Americans, like myself, are more readily able to access information than ever before. Receiving critical health care information from Medicare and Medicaid should be no different. My legislation will investigate if CMS is providing reasonable accommodations for its many beneficiaries with visual disabilities. This is about equal access for programs that help millions of Americans,” said Bilirakis.

Bilirakis introduced the bill along with his Democratic colleague U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo (CA-18). H.R. 3457 has been endorsed by the American Council of the Blind, the American Foundation for the Blind, and the Perkins School for the Blind. Please click HERE to read the full bill text.