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November 6, 1967


JAMA. 1967;202(6):43-44. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03130190025004

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A member of the Senate Finance Committee predicted Congress will not pass a medicare amendment bill this year.

Sen. Wallace F. Bennett (R, Utah) told the 1967 Blue Shield Annual Program Conference in Washington, DC, that "there is a good chance there will be no bill from the Senate this year."

Bennett said the Finance Committee has made little progress and no final decision on the amendments to the Social Security program passed by the House of Representatives.

He said there is no pressure to act on the bill. "The bill is involved in government finance, government deficits, and the risk of inflation," Bennett said. "We are waiting to see what the House Ways and Means Committee does on the tax bill."

The Senator said there has been informal agreement among the Committee members to provide for payment under Part B upon receipt of an itemized bill from a physician.