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A new legislative program to provide elderly persons all the medical services they require without federal controls was introduced in Congress.The Eldercare Act of 1965 (HR 3727) was sponsored by two high-ranking members of the House Ways and Means Committee—Rep A. Sydney Herlong, Jr., (D, Fla), and Rep Thomas B. Curtis (R, Mo). They said their bipartisan measure would provide more benefits than the Administration's King-Anderson proposal and would not tax workers to provide hospital benefits for those aging who are able to pay the costs.American Medical Association President Donovan F. Ward, MD, said the new plan is "a breakthrough of historic importance to all citizens in the drive to provide people over 65 with a wide range of health care to meet their individual needs."Ward termed the measure superior in all respects to the so-called "Medicare" plan."The Herlong-Curtis Eldercare bill is the best
WASHINGTON NEWS. JAMA. 1965;191(7):17-19. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03080070099044