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November 1, 1965


JAMA. 1965;194(5):21-23. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03090180107050

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Congress Quits.—  Congress adjourned for the year, leaving behind a lengthy list of bills enacted that affect the medical profession. Foremost was the medicare program providing medical and hospital benefits for the elderly, financed through higher social security taxes. Next in importance was the sweeping medical centers program involving research and patient demonstration in the areas of heart disease, cancer, and stroke.One of the last medical bills approved was a $787 million program of aid for medical, pharmaceutical, and other schools, including operating grants for the first time and federal scholarships. A $105 million program to assist medical libraries was sent to the White House the same week.One of the last bills clearing Congress this year enlarged the federal vocational rehabilitation program and provides more than $300 million in grants for construction and initial staffing of rehabilitation facilities and workshops. President Johnson in his health message to Congress

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