An advocacy group for the blind and visually impaired isapplauding bipartisan legislation in the House to investigate thefederal government’s “systemic failure” to provide materials inaccessible formats for recipients of Medicare and Medicaid.

U.S. Representatives Gus Bilirakis (R-FL) and Anna Eshoo (D-CA)in late July introduced H.R. 3457, which would require the ComptrollerGeneral of the United States to conduct an evaluation on the extentto which the Medicare and Medicaid programs provide reasonableaccommodations to individuals who are blind or visuallyimpaired.

“This legislation will make it possible for people who are blindto independently read and understand important health-relatedinformation — an issue that has been on our radar for many yearsnow,” says Kim Charlson, president of American Council of the Blind.

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Katie Kuehner-Hebert

Katie Kuehner-Hebert is a freelance writer based in Running Springs, Calif. She has more than three decades of journalism experience, with particular expertise in employee benefits and other human resource topics.