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In its report on the measure, the House Ways and Means Committee said it tightened standards for medicaid because some states went "well beyond" Congress' intent. New York's liberal eligibility requirements have caused much of the controversy over medicaid, or Title 19.
The Committee approved a formula to limit the amount of federal funds for a state's medicaid program for the medically indigent by restricting federal aid to those patients whose income does not exceed by a certain percentage the income that would qualify them for cash welfare payments.
The medicaid program limitations established by the Committee are designed to reduce the anticipated $3.1 billion federal cost of medicaid in 1968 to $1.6 billion.
The Committee report said:
"Your Committee expected that the state plans submitted under Title 19 would afford better medical care and services to persons unable to pay for adequate care. It neither expected nor intended that
WASHINGTON NEWS. JAMA. 1967;201(9):41–43. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03130090017004
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