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A2003-04: Regarding Opposition to Enactment of Section 446 of the Senate Medicare Prescription Bill

Adopted in: 2003

Topics: Medicare, legislation

WHEREAS, many working-age blind individuals are eligible to receive assistance through the federal Medicare program; and

WHEREAS, Section 446 of the Senate Medicare prescription bill would allow doctors to prescribe various nonmedical services to people who are blind or visually impaired; and

WHEREAS, enactment of this provision would force many blind people to obtain such services through the Medicare system and deny them the opportunity to receive vocational rehabilitation services from existing agencies that specialize in assisting people who are blind or visually impaired; and

WHEREAS, doctors lack the knowledge and expertise to assist blind people who are seeking employment and trying to live independent lives; now therefore

BE IT RESOLVED by the National Federation of the Blind of Minnesota in convention assembled this second day of November, 2003, in the city of St. Paul, that this organization urge Senator Mark Dayton and Senator Norm Coleman to oppose the enactment of Section 446 of the Senate Medicare prescription bill.

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