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October 24, 1966


JAMA. 1966;198(4):27-29. doi:10.1001/jama.1966.03110170011003

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Move To Restrict Medicaid—  The House Ways and Means Committee voted to restrict potential growth of the Title 19 medicare program of aid for the medically indigent by disqualifying some adults from benefits.The so-called medicaid program at present allows federal matching grants for state programs providing medical benefits for dependent children and their parents. The amendment adopted by the committee would limit aid to parents who are disabled, blind, or receiving cash welfare payments.Federal officials estimated the bill, if enacted, would cut federal contributions to New York's controversial medicaid program by 10% or to $25 million less than the estimated $240 million the state would have received. The bill would not take effect until April 1.Under the state plan, families with dependent children who do not receive cash benefits are eligible for medicaid. A family of four with an income as high as $6,000 is eligible. The