STRENGTH – Governor Wanda Vázquez Garced signed a law on Wednesday to amend the Puerto Rico Insurance Code so that evidence of coverage and the medical plan identification card be provided in the Braille system for blind subscribers, in addition to amending the Puerto Rico Health Insurance Administration Act for the insurer or health services organization to issue identification cards in Braille system, as well as brochures for blind insured.
“It is important that every insured person and / or blind beneficiary can have complete information about their medical coverage. This measure, which should have been done a long time ago, does justice to this population, which has the same right to be informed about its benefits, ”the first executive pointed out in written communication.
According to the Census community survey between 2013 and 2017, 6.2 percent of the population of Puerto Rico has vision difficulties, which is equivalent to a total of 214,243 people with severe visual impairment or blindness.
The measure establishes that the state has the duty and responsibility to establish adequate conditions that promote for people with disabilities to enjoy a full life and enjoy their natural, human, and legal rights and free from any type of discrimination. The provision and accessibility of high quality health services for people with disabilities should be a priority, so it is of utmost importance that this population can have access to their medical coverage, information brochure and identification card in the Braille system.