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February 22, 1965

AMA House Backs Eldercare Program, Asks Study of Kerr-Mills Expansion

JAMA. 1965;191(8):32-33. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03080080090050

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Abstract

The American Medical Association's House of Delegates voted to "enthusiastically support" the Association's Eldercare program as embodied in the Herlong-Curtis bill and similar legislation now pending before Congress, and called on the Board of Trustees and two AMA Councils to investigate the possibility of expanding the Kerr-Mills program to provide aid for the medically needy of all ages.

These were the highlights of a special session of the House held Feb 6 and 7 in Chicago, with 230 of the AMA's 234 delegates in attendance.

Medicare'... a lure'  The delegates also heard, and voted their approval of, an address by Donovan F. Ward, MD, AMA President, in which he referred to the Administration-backed King-Anderson bill—the so-called "medicare" proposal—as "a lure, not a cure, for the problems of the aged."Ward, in his discussion of medical legislation now pending before Congress, said that, "Medicare would cover only a miserly fraction of

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