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December 5, 1966


JAMA. 1966;198(10):25-27. doi:10.1001/jama.1966.03110230011003

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New York Medicaid—  New York State's controversial medicaid program was approved by the Health, Education and Welfare Department after a long delay due in part to unsuccessful efforts in Congress this year to restrict federal grants for the program of aid for the medically indigent.Four other state programs—in Maine, Vermont, Michigan, and New Mexico—were approved by HEW, bringing the number of approved state medicaid programs to 25 states and two territories.The approval of the New York program was made retroactive to May 1. HEW estimated that the cost to the federal government would be $217 million for the first year of operation and that two million persons would receive care under it.The following groups will be eligible for medicaid in New York:Single wage-earners making less than $2,900; single non-wage-earners receiving less than $2,300; a family of four with a wage-earner making less than $6,000; a family