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UPDATE: THIS FILE LAST EDITED 1-2005

MEDICARE

A-I-D-E-S

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A PUBLICATION FROM THE...

SIGHT LOSS

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NOTE: THIS INFORMATION IS NOT INTENDED AS AN ENDORSEMENT OR RECOMMENDATION, AND IS PRESENTED SIMPLY AS A CONVENIENCE TO THE READER. BECAUSE OF THE CHANGING AVAILABILITY OF PRODUCTS AND SERVICES, THE COMPLETENESS OF THIS LISTING IS NOT GUARANTEED.

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THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS BEING OFFERED AS A PUBLIC SERVICE FOR ANYONE INTERESTED IN THE USE OF SIGHTED GUIDES.

UNDER CURRENT FEDERAL LAW (REHABILITATION ACT OF 1973, SECTION 5O4, PART 84) ANY HMO-MEDICARE CUSTOMER IS ENTITLED TO THE OPTIONAL ASSISTANCE OF A DESIGNATED ESCORT TO ACCOMMODATE THEIR VISION LOSS AND INSURE SAFE IN-CLINIC MOBILITY.

SPECIFICALLY, THE FOLLOWING REGULATION PROVIDES THAT ANY PROGRAM, SUCH AS MEDICARE, FUNDED BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, MUST PROVIDE ACCOMMODATIONS.

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84.22 (b) METHOD

A recipient may comply with the requirement of paragraph (a) of this section through such means as redesign of equipment, reassignment of classes or other services to accessible buildings, assignment of a-i-d-e-s to beneficiaries,.....

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT SECURING THIS MEDICARE-RELATED ASSISTANCE OF A QUALIFIED SIGHTED GUIDE WHEN IN THE MEDICAL FACILITIES OF THEIR HMO (HEALTH MAINTENANCE ORGANIZATION) MEDICARE-PROVIDER, PLEASE CONTACT THE FOLLOWING:

OFFICE FOR CIVIL RIGHTS

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES

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