How to legally blind prescription drug coverage
Posted On July 3, 2021
A prescription drug benefit that covers blind prescriptions has been a boon for some prescription drug users.
But that doesn’t mean they’re legally blind.
The law requires prescription drug companies to provide the benefits to people who are legally blind or who can’t afford a specialist, such as an optometrist or optometrists.
That means some people have been able to find prescriptions online for blind people, but the benefits can only be used by people who have been certified blind.
Now, a new rule proposed by the Trump administration could change that.
The rules would prohibit people who can see from buying prescription drugs from buying blind prescriptions.
The White House said Tuesday that the proposed rule would help make prescription drug plans more accessible for blind individuals.
“If you’re a blind person, you should have the opportunity to get a prescription from a pharmacy that will provide you with the benefits that your insurance company provides, regardless of whether you’re blind or have some other disabilities,” said White House press secretary Lindsay Walters.
A number of states have moved to implement the proposed rules.
In Ohio, a federal appeals court ruled last month that a prescription drug plan would be unlawful if it included blind people.
That ruling was upheld by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati.
Other states, including California and Oregon, have moved forward with their own rules, which also cover blind people with other benefits.
The changes have been met with mixed reactions from drugmakers and health care advocates.
Some say the rules will hurt some of the biggest drug companies, which have long offered blind customers discounts and other benefits, and that it’s too soon to make decisions on whether they will be included in the federal rules.
The Obama administration announced in 2014 that it was developing a plan to create blind prescription benefits, but has yet to implement it.
The Obama administration also announced plans to include blind people in Medicare Advantage plans that cover about 6 million people.