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Hagerstown Maryland Mail - Mail VOL. CXXXVII, No. 82. HAGERSTOWN, MD.,...
Mail VOL. CXXXVII, No. 82. HAGERSTOWN, MD., WEDNESDAY, APRIL 7, 1965. ON INSIDE PAGES Floods now undtrwty In WMt. P»9« 3. Dr. Elkins would not allow rtw- cttnfs to run Univiriity of Miry lind. P«j« 21. Amus«rn«n»i 1J Obitucriti . . . . 1 Classified . 14-V Opinion P«g« 4 Comlts JJ Soci«ry ... *-16 Jjj. Marlow . 5 Sports . . . . M-M PRICE FIVE CENTS. Defcofe Opens On Medicare, Social Security Boost By EDMOND L E BRETON lht hiecnsl dn.il,. r-nlaro^mn,,! ,.,-.u I,- r,--..i.,,..... . . . » By EDMOND LE BRETON WASHINGTON ( A P ) _ The House opens debate today on a $fi-billion bill to give older Americans hospital care, low- cost mcilical insurance and bigger bigger Social Security checks. The measure, which carries benefits for some 20 million persons persons and higher (axes for most workers and their employers, is t h e biggest single enlargement of Social Security since the system system was founded in 193G. The package bill includes President Johnson's hospilaliza- lion proposal and much more. He has enthusiastically endorsed endorsed it. Voting is not expected u n t i l Thursday, at the earliest. The first vote, tinder present plans, will be on a RepublicTM move (o substitute a s i m i l a r bill -- but one not using Ihe payroll tax lo pay for hospilHlization. Instead, lliere would be bigger contributions contributions by recipients and the federal federal Treasury, The basic heallh benefit in (lie bill is up lo GO days h o s p i l a l i z a lion lion and 20 days nursing home care per illness. Everyone 65 or older, regardless of income or e m p l o y m e n t , would be eligible. The patient would pay the first $40. Tbe Jie.vl benefit is optional, but Social Security actuaries expect 80 to 05 per cent of those eligible lo sign up if it becomes law. This would provide govern- m e n t i n s u r a n c e against the cost of doctor bills and incidental expenses -- but not drugs for home use. The elderly person would pay 33 a m o n t h , cither by a l l o t t i n g this a m o u n t from his Social Sec Sec u r i l y check or r e m i t l i u g it !i- rcclly. The government would m a t c h ibis s u m . The p a l i e n t would pay the first S50 of his .iniiual bill, (lie plan SO per cent of the r e m a i n d e r . There would be an across-the- board Social Security old-age payment btrasl of 7 per cent, w i t h everyone g u a r a n t e e d a S4- a - m o n t h raise at the least. Special Special provisions would benefit some widows, sludcnls between IS ami 22 and a group nf old people who have some Social Security credits but not enough under present law (o q u a l i f y for p a y m e n t s . The existing slate-federal plan for health care of the needy or near-needy aged under the K e r r - M i l l s law would be exp exp a n d e d . The federal g o v e r n m e n t would contribute a larger share and benefits would be extended lo other categories beside the, aged -- such as dependent children, children, the blind and disabled. ^_ ^_ - -- - ----- -- - - - - __ · _____: _ _ _ _ _ _ un.il, mi: u i m i i Him nisanicd Johnson StatesViet Policy Tonight Nuclear Fallout Equipment M °i° r ! alk Test Set Here Next Week BILL SHELDON

Clipped from The Daily Mail07 Apr 1965, WedPage 1

The Daily Mail (Hagerstown, Maryland)07 Apr 1965, WedPage 1
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