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 non-medical 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.