Visually impaired recipients of Medicare and Medicaid aren't getting materials from the government in accessible formats, an advocacy group says. (Photo: Mike Scarcella/ALM)

An advocacy group for the blind and visually impaired is applauding bipartisan legislation in the House to investigate the federal government’s “systemic failure” to provide materials in accessible 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 Comptroller General of the United States to conduct an evaluation on the extent to which the Medicare and Medicaid programs provide reasonable accommodations to individuals who are blind or visually impaired.

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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.

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