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April 6, 1940

Current Comment

JAMA. 1940;114(14):1364. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810140064019

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THE REVISED CAPPER-EPSTEIN HEALTH INSURANCE BILL  And now comes still another edition of the health insurance bill sponsored by the American Association for Social Security through Mr. Abraham Epstein. Again this perennial was introduced in the Senate, March 25, as S. 3660, by Senator Capper, of Kansas, who has sponsored practically all previous editions. The present bill proposes a federal appropriation of $50,000,000 for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1941, and thereafter as much as may be necessary, to induce the states to embark on a combined program of compulsory and voluntary health insurance. The Social Security Board must approve all state plans. Exempted from the compulsory features of any state plan, it is proposed, will be those engaged in agricultural labor, in domestic service for an employer having less than three employees engaged in such service, and services performed by a minor who is actually in regular attendance

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