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February 22, 1965


JAMA. 1965;191(8):15-17. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03080080081048

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AMA Ways And Means Testimony.—  The American Medical Association urged Congress to approve the Herlong-Curtis Eldercare bill (HR 3727) as the solution to the problem of providing medical care to people over 65 years of age who need help in paying hospital and doctor bills.In testimony before the House Ways and Means Committee, representatives of the AMA also reaffirmed the Association's opposition to the King-Anderson bill (HR 1), known as medicare, which the committee has rejected for years.The Herlong-Curtis Eldercare bill, incorporating recommendations of the AMA, was introduced by Rep A. Sydney Herlong, Jr., (D, Fla) and Rep Thomas B. Curtis (R, Mo).The AMA was represented by Donovan F. Ward, MD, AMA President; F.J.L. Blasingame, MD, AMA Executive Vice President, and Frank Coleman, MD, AMA past chairman of the Council on Legislative Activities.The AMA representatives said the Eldercare bill was designed to provide the elderly who

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