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October 3, 1966


JAMA. 1966;198(1):A35-A37. doi:10.1001/jama.1966.03110140013003

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Congress—  Major medical measures still are pending in Congress as lawmakers talk of adjourning in October.The House Ways and Means Committee was expected to act on legislation to limit federal contributions to the Title 19 "medicaid" part of medicare that establishes a federal-state program of aid for indigent and near-indigent persons.The committee was considering placing income limitations for beneficiaries and restricting federal contributions to a formula based on states' population.The House unanimously approved liberalization of the Keogh law to allow self-employed persons such as lawyers and physicians to deduct up to $2,500 a year ( present limit—$1,250) of retirement savings from taxation on current income. The Treasury Department, however, opposes the bill, and there is no assurance the Senate will act.Another measure in the Senate following House passage provides a three-year, $155 million program of aid for training some 12,000 additional health workers such as medical technologists