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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Friday, July 1, 1966
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ft* rouriMB - Efrffievnii (Art.) Courier Nm-Fritoy, My JUttli Medicare Is Now in Effect f By STERLING P. GREEN WASHINGTON (AP) - The massive medicare program providing hospital insurance for all 19 million of the nation's senior citizens went into effect today, hailed by President Johnson as for older Ameri"a blessing cans." Swinging into operation with the program was an optional doctor-bill insurance plan for which 17.3 million elected to pay f3 a month. The two programs were brought into being at 12:01 a.m. In one of the biggest operations In medical history. Doctors and patients reserved any prognosis, but the President pronounced it a success in advance. He called it "a test of our willingness to work together." By Public Health Service count, 6,714 institutions — or 91 per cent of all the country's 7,374 general hospitals with roughly 93 per cent of the beds — opened their doors for the Insured care of any American aged 65 or over. The nonparticipating hospitals were mainly in the South. Most were barred from medicare payments by their failure to comply with the no racial discrimination provisions of the Civil Rights Act. To make extra sure that no one dies for want of access to a participating hospital, the gov. ernment ruled Thursday night that federal hospitals - veterans', military and others - may be used for critically ill medi- care patients in emergencies. Previously it had been announced that any orther nonparticipating hospital could be used — private or public, with medi- care picking up the bill — if a bed in a participating hospital could not be found to avert the threat of death "or serious impairment of the health. » * * Despite the serious gaps in participation — only 25 per cent of Mississippi hospitals were in the pool — administration aides were jubilant over the generally high participation nationwide. "We've done far better in the South than we had dared to hope a month or two ago," one Public Health Service official said. "And more hospitals will be desegregating when they begin to feel the pressure from unhappy local residents, both white and black," he added. Twenty-three states entered medicare with 100 per cent participation by their qualified hospitals, and some others came close to that. In his medicare's-evi statement, President Johnson laid he had no doubt of the success of the twin medicare programs if these three things happen: * * * "If hospitals accept their responsibility under the law not to discriminate against any patient because of race." "If doctors treat their patients with fairness and compassion. I feel sure that most doctors do not plan to drive hard bargains with needy patients." "If old patients cooperate in scheduling treatment and do not demand unnecessary hospital and medical services." He concluded: "I have no doubt for the future. I believe that July 1, 1966, marks a new day of freedom for our people." The government has pooh- poohed forecasts- that a tide of elderly patients will swamp the hospitals. Hospital administrators generally agree that there will be some difficult local situations but that they can handle the expected < average increase of not more than 5 per cent in the patient load. This judgment was reinforced as each recent day brought scores of new hospitals into compliance. Officials expect that many more will meet both the medical care standards and the civil righto test during July. The states which already had 100 per cent certification of hospitals for compliance ai of midnight were Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Vermont and Wyoming. The territories of Guam, Samoa and the Virgin Islands also had full participation. At the other end of the scale were Mississippi with 33 of 133 hospitals certified for rights compliance, South Carolina with 46 out of 93, Louisiana with 78 out of 144 and Georgia with 107 out of 176.. Florida had 159 complying out of 188, Virginia 84 out of 119, North Carolina 138 out of 166 and Tennessee 138 out Of 163. » » » If nonparticipating hospitals are used for emergency patients, Robert M. Ball, Social Security director, has ruled, medicare will pay only for the period of emergency — not for any care given after it becomes possible to discharge the patient or transfer him to a participating hospital. And if an emergency admis- sion to » federal government hospital to fought, Ball said, tht decision to up to the medka officer In charge and to subject to the availability of beds. The presidential appeal to doctors not to "drive hard bar gains with needy patients" apparently was prompted by a resolution passed Tuesday by policy-makers of the America Medical Association. The AMA recommended that doctors should bill patients directly for services under medicare. * * * This would permit doctors to set their charges at any amoun they chose, leaving it to the pa tient from care "intermediary" agency — in most cases, the local Blue Shield plan. The "intermedi ary" would reimburse for only 80 per cent of what it considers a "reasonable charge" for the treatment given. The patient would have to absorb the difference, however large. If, on the other hand, the doctor sent his bill to the "inter mediary" for payment, his compensation would be limited. He would get his 80 per cent of the specified reasonable charge and could collect no more than the other 20 per cent from the patient to seek reimbursemen the government's medi Questions And Answers WASHINGTON (AP) - Here are answers to some of the questions most frequently asked about medicare, starting today for all Americans 65 and older: Q. If the hospital I choose is overcrowded, does medicare guarantee me a bed? A. No. Medicare just helps pay the bill. Q. If I have to go back into the hospital two or more tunes, do I pay the $40 "deductible" each time? A. No. You pay just the first $40 of hospital charges In each "spell of illness." Q. What's a "spell of illness." : A. To medicare it's a period of time, not an aiment. It starts the day you enter a hospital. It ends 60 days after your discharge from th* hospital. Or from a nursing home — after next Jan. 1, medicare will provide posthospital convalescent care in nursing homes for those needing it. Q. Suppose I go back to the hospital for a different sickness? A. To * * * medicare it doesn't matter. It's all one "spell of illness" if the new admission comes within 60 days of the last discharge. Q. Do I have to go back to the same hospital? A. No. Your benefits follow you from hospital to hospital and from city to city. Just show your red, white and blue card. Any participating hospital can tell instantly, by check to a computer in Baltimore, Md., whether you have used up all your "benefit days." Q. If I'm in a hospital when medicare starts, does medicare pick up the bill? A. Not for past days. Medicare picks up as of July 1, and you'll still have to pay the $40 deductible as well as the charges for the days preceding medicare. Q. I've signed up to pay $3 a month for the voluntary doctor bill insurance. It has a $50 deductible; how often do I have to pay that? A. Just once each year, regardless of how much your doctor bills add up to in a year. Q. Should I cancel my old health insurance policy? A. If you are £5 but your wife is not, she's not covered by med- icare. You may want to keep her policy in force. * * * Q. We are both over 65. Should we buy the "supplemental" plans offered to over-65 persons by Blue Cross, Blue Shield and other private insurers for additional protection? A. That depends on your own needs and inclinations. Some policies are designed to cover medicare's "deductibles" an provide benefits beyond the limits of medicare. Another type of policy pays off in cash benefits for each day of hospitalization; the money could be used for the inevitable costs of an illness, or for "extras," such as a bedside telephone or a private room instead of the semiprivate accom- modations paid for by medicare Q. Medicare's doctor bill insurance covers 80 per cent of a doctor's "reasonable charges;' after the $50 deductible. Does the doctor send his bill to med- icare or to me? A. Either one. He can send it to medicare's local "intermediary" agency — in most cities, the local Blue Shield organization — which will pay him 80 per cent of what it deems a "reasonable charge" for bis treatment or operation; the other 20 per cent would come from you. Or he could send the whole bill directly to you. Q. In the latter case what do I do? A. Pay it, then apply for reimbursement to the "intermediary." DEATH (Continued from Page One) laid, by drinking hair shampoo She left a note then, saying she had killed the children because •God told me to do it," and say- Ing, "They are in heaven, safe from evil." She was charged with murder (hen and committed to the State Hospital in Augusta. A grand jury refused to indict her after the hospital reported she was Insane. A hospital spokesman sail today that Mrs. Fisher was re leased March «, 1959, and that there apparently was na indication of any potential recurrence of her illness. The father told police he returned home from his job in the car shops of the Maine Centra" Railroad In Waterville about 5 p.m. Thursday. He found * his 9-month-old daughter, Nathalie Rose lying face down in about 1% niches of water in the bathtub. Fisher ran about a quarter of a mi!e to the nearest home with a telephone, the home of Howard Wood, to summon help. He and police then found Kathleen Louise, 6, and Michael Jon, lying under blankets in a bed. He found his wife on a bed. An autopsy by Dr. Irving Goodof, Waterville pathologist, showed the three had drowned. Dr. Maurice Philbricfc, county medical examiner, placed the time of death at about 7 a.m. Thursday. The father was reported in seclusion with friends. Arkansas News Briefs JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) William 0. Johnston, 46, o Brookland, died in a head-o car-truck collision Thursday o Arkansas 1, about nine miie north of here, according to Stat Trooper Jerry Maynard. The driver of the truck Charles Waters, 42, of Memphis had minor injuries, Maynar said. The track was owned b> Plough, Inc., of Memphis. LITTLE ROCK (AP) Charles Holloway of Tillar wa named to the Commission on Alcoholism Thursday by Gov Orval Faubus. The vacancy on (he commis sion was created by the death of Charles Crutchfied. The term expires May 11, 1969. Jess Reeves of Pine Bluff was named to another term on the Boy's Training School Board ; Ms term expiring Jan. 14, 1971, Faubus also reappointed Marvin E. Msore of Pine Bluff to the board of the Fargo Train- Jig School for Girls. Moore's lerm expires June 30, 1971. EL DORADO, Ark. (AP) A Texas man was killed Thursday when his lumber truck overturned on U.S. 82 about 16 miles west of here. Union County Coroner W. N. dcKinney said the Viley Gibson Morris, victim, 500 Quakes Shake City MOSCOW (AP) - The Soviet Asian city of Tashkent was hit today by the 525th earthquake since April 26. More than 300,000 persons, over a fourth of the city's population of 1.1 million, have been left homeless by the quakes. Casualty figures' are Incomplete. The new quake was moderate, between S and 6 on the 12-point •cale used In the Soviet Union. There were no Immediate reports of damage or casualties. Non-Communist newsmen have been barred from Tashkent Cine* th« quakes begin. j 24, of Vinnsboro, Tex., was pinned >eneath his truck when the brakes apparently failed. The loaded truck belong to the West Building and Supply Co. of Sulphur Springs, Tex. NEW YORK (AP) - The 1187th U.S. Army Reserve Terminal Station Compliment of El Dorado, Ark., was presented the outstanding reserve unit award Thursday by the National Reserve Officers Association. Lt. Col. Hollis G. Bray, commander of the unit, accepted the award. The unit Is trained to help Army Terminal Station personnel handle overseas shipments of troops and supples. This was the first time an Ar- tansas compliment has won the award. The selection was announced earlier this year. LITTLE ROCK (AP) - The state Public Service Commission was asked by the city of Judsonia Thursday for a rehearing on Southwestern States Telephone Company's request to eliminate its business office in the city. On June 9, the PSC voted to allow the company to close the office. The telephone company tried to close it last November but the Judsonia City Council adopted an ordinance penalizing the utility $100 a day if it closed. The company appealed to the commission. LITTLE ROCK (AP) - The Little Rock School Board de cided Thursday to require assignment of teachers in such a way that al 41 schools in the district will have an integrated staff this fall. A board spokesman said ail schools will have at least one teacher of the minority race. cedures of vote fraud than with specific incidents. PINE BLUFF, Ark. (AP) Army Sgt. I.e. Robert D. Owen, 34, of Pine Bluff was killed June 24 in action in Viet Nam, lis famiy has been informed. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Hilda Rolle Owen of California. CHICAGO, (AP)-A proposed merger of Rock Island and Jnion Pacific railroads would peed up freight movement be- ween the Midwest and the Pac- fic Coast, a witness testified it an Interstate Commerce Commission hearing Thursday. JACKSONVILLE, Ark. (AP) —Don't be surprised if you should happen to hear Christmas music while tuning around your radio dial Friday, the start of the four-day July 4th holiday weekend. Radio station KGMR here has programmed a full day of "your favorite Christmas music, for those of you who won't be around to hear it Christmas.' Joan Sizemore, program director, said the idea was to remind drivers of tiie possibility that, if they don't drive carefully, they may not be around at the Yuleiide season. LITTLE ROCK (AP) - Brig. Gen. Gerald W. Johnson assumed today Little Rock Air Focce Base's top command office, commander of the 825th Strategic Aerospace Division. Johnson replaces Brig. Gen. Murray Bywater, who becomes chief of staff, Headquarters Second Air Force, at Barksdale Air Force Base, La. LITTLE ROCK (AP)-Gov. Orval Faubus left Thursday for Los Angeles to attend the National Governor's Conference. Faubus said before leaving that he may remain in California for as long as two weeks or more. He said he planned to >e back in Arkansas in time vote in the July 26 Democratic primary election. E. M. Prouty, fficial, said Union Pacific that currently sere are delays at interchanges ecause the Union Pacific lacks direct line into Illinois rail ateways to the East. The hearing on the proposed merger has been ince May 4. in progress WASHINGTON (AP)- A U. Civil Rights Commission of- cial said that two field workers from the commission are in Arkansas for a study of alleged vote fraud. Charles Humpstone, assistant general counsel said the study was being made in other states, also, and will be presented to the President and Congress. He said the project should not be considered an investigation, and said the commission was mort concerned with the pro- 3 Drown in Montana BONNER, Mont. (AP) - A woman dropped her sandal in the Blackfoot River Thursday and three youngsters drowned trying to retrieve it. John Fitzpatrick, 28, of Twin Creeks, Mont., who dived in to rescue the children, also drowned. The victims were at a family reunion at McNamara's Landing about 20 miles east of Mis soula. The children were Rose Ann Elledge 15, Deer Lodge, Mont; Terry Pesanti, 12, Twin Creeks, Mont., and Michael Fitzpatrick, I, of Andover, Mass. All four wdies were recovered. Missoula County undersherlff iussell Pulliam said Mrs. John ? itzpatrick lost her sandal in he river. Terry Pesanti leaped nto the river first, followed by he other youngsters. , Today In Washington.,. By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON (AP - The Atomic Energy Commission has triggered an underground nu clear device more than 2,500 feet below the surface at its Nevada test site. Officials described Thursday's blast as a "weapons-related test" and said it was of intermediate yield. The intermediate range is from 200 kilotons to one megaton. A kiloton equals the explosive force of 1,000 tons of TNT and a megaton 1 million tons of TNT. Although the blast did not break the surface of the ground, it shook tall buildings along the Las Vegas strip 100 miles to the south. The blast was the 25th weapons-related test announced this year. Marshall Wright, press cer, said Thursday that WASHINGTON (AP) - The State Department says it still favors a summit meeting of American heads of the states although the man who initiated the proposal, former Argentine President Arturo U. Hiia, has neen ousted from office. offi- "the United States sees no reason why the consultations and the ireparations for such a meeting should not continue and a number of Latin-American governments have expressed the same iew." As for the hemisphere foreign ministers meeting that had been scheduled to begin in Buenos Aires Aug. 29, Wright said it is now up to the Organization of American States to decide Daily Record Weather U. i. Watte Bern A|ricettni wnftot MM*, Ark. Isolated showers again occurred over portions of Arkansas yesterday afternoon and evening. Amounta were general- y less than one-quarter inch. There were some heavier showers which duuped local imouhts of one to : one:and'three- luarter inches during the past [4 hours. - :'; ' , ' . Georgetown reported 1.85 for he heaviest amount. Present indications are that the tropical disturbance In the Gulf is very weak and poorly organized and will have little effect on weather in this area. So the DOS- ibilities for general soaking ains remain slight. The forecast calls for similar weather o continue with a. slight increase in shower probabilities or the weekend. Yesterday, high temperatures were a few degrees lower than eadings ranging from 85 at lot Springs to 96 at Mena and Fort Smith. Minimum readings his morning were in the high O's and low 70's. Precipitation totals for the ast 15 days of June indicate tow grim the moisture picture Traffic AccMrato Cut drtvw by Cnol Hoke «f IWl willow and Alvart Gomel of Bogota, Columbia, were involved In an accident yesterday at Cbickuawbt and 10th. No charges were placed. Cars driven by Res L. Smith of Bolivar, Tenn., Walter Gilbert of Memphis, and Mrs. Connie Thompson Talbert of El Dorado were Involved in an 'accident yesterday at McHaney and Highway 61. Gilbert was charged with following too close. Cars driven by Mark Prody of Blytheville Air Force Base and Louis Garner of 123 West Missouri were involved in an accident yesterday In an alley off 1st between Main and Ash. Garner, a City Cab Co. driver, was charged with failure to yield right of way. Cars driven by Armp Camp- Mil of 1100 E. Cherry and Step- iane Edwards of Manila were involved in an accident yesterday at Walnut and 10th. Miss Edwards was charged with hazardous driving. Where's the Fire? OBITUARY P. Chovorrio A rosary will be said tonight at 8 pjn. at Cobb Funeral Horn* Chapel for Paulo Chavarria who died Wednesday at Chickasawba Hospital. Funeral service! win be held at 2 p.m. tomorrow at Immaculate Conception Church here. Rev. Father James M. Doyle ill conduct all rites. Burial will be in Sandy Ridge Cemetery. Dec. lias become. Out of 23 reporting tations in Arkansas only two eported over one-half inch of ain through ( a.m. yesterday. Nine stations reported no measurable precipitation for the same period. The five-day forecast (6 a.m. aturday to 6 a.m. Thursday) oes not offer any hope for rain- all as it calls for showers to otal one-quarter to one - half nch, mostly in southeast AT- ansas. Showers will be most lumerous during the weekend, temperatures are expected to >e two to eight degrees above ormal (normal highs: 88-94; ormal lows: 67-71). Yesterday's high—92 Overnight low—74 Precipitation previous 24 hours to 7 a.m. today)—none Precipitation Jan. 1 to date—28.81 Sunset today—7:17 Sunrise tomorrow—4:51 This Date A Year Ago Yesterday's high—93 Overnight low—72 Precipitation Jan. 1 to date—23.81 . _ World Deaths COLCHESTER, England (AP) —Margedry /iuiflgham 61, a mystery writer, died Thursday, he wrote more than 20 books nd her best-known character, Ibert Champion, appeared in 9. House fin, «76 Ketth, T:3S a.m., today. • ^^— Markets Open Blib Low tail Chicago Wheat July Sept. 179 184% 190% ism 185% 191% 178% 182% 188% 179 Chicago Soybeans July, 369% Aug. 362 Sept. 326% 371% 36714 363% 359% 329% 325% 368V4 360 NEW YORK (AP) - Phillip ovejoy, 72, former Michigan ducator and general secretary : Rotary International from 942 to 1952, died Thursday only ours before the start of a Euro- ean holiday. MEDIA, Pa. (AP)-Mrs. Vinent Kreve-Mickevicius, whose te husband was the last pre- iier of Lithuania before it be ime a Soviet satellite, diet 'ednesday. Kreve-Mickevicius ined the University of Penn- 'Ivania in 1946. He retired in 52 and died in 1954. EDS: Age unavbl New York Stocks Texas G.S 102% Chrysler 39V4 RCA 50V4 56% Dow 66V 2 Xerox 249% GM • 82% Pan Amer 72% Ford 45% Westinghouse 54 U. S. Steel 43% Curtis Pub 9% Comsat 57% Amer. Motors 10% Sears 55% Parke Davis 31Vs Gen. Elect 106% Beth. Steel 32% Reynolds Tob 37% Standard NJ 69% Holiday Inn • 41% Ark-La 44% Ark-Mo 13% W. A. Moody W. Asberry Moody of the Lonoke community died last night at Doctors' Hospital here after a long illness. He was 87. A longtime Blytheville resident, he was a. retired farmer and member of the Lonoke Missionary Baptist Church. He leaves his wife, Mrs. Jessie Lee Moody of Lonoke; Four sons, Jack, Andy, Boyd, and Artie Moody, all of Blytheville; Four daughters, Mrs. Clare Wilson of Blytheville, Mrs. Leola Crabtree of Chicago, Mrs. tetha Sylvester of Las Vegas, Nev., and Mrs. Altha Watkirii of Pepria, HI.; A sister, Mrs. Altha Jones «f Nashville, Tenn.f Twenty - two grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren. , Funeral services will be held tomorrow at 3 p.m. at Howard Funeral Service chapel, with Rev. R. A. Wiles officiating; Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. ~ Pallbearers will be Douglas Efrbertson, Ernest Wilson, Glenn Alexander, John Williamson, T. J. Stubb, and Woodrow Alexander. Mrs. Betty Curry ;; Mrs. Betty Curry, 83, died Saturday at her home on West st. ; Funeral services will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. at St. Paul Baptist Church, with Rev. P. Ji James officiating. Burial will be in New Hope Cemetery at Yarbro. She leaves a daughter, Mrs Lula Dooley of Blytheville; A son, Joe Curry of Blytheville; Fourteen grandchildren and 28 great grandchildren. HCICAGO (AP)-Harold Leoard Stuart 84, head of one ol e nation's largest investment mses dealine exclusively in mds, died Thursday. Stuart 10 had been hospitalized for iout six weeks because of can- r, had been president of Haly, Stuart Co. for more than years. L.R. Fall Faculty Desegregation LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Little Rock School Board decided Thursday to desegregate the faculties at each of the 41 schools in the district. The board said it wanted each school faculty desegregated by at least one teacher at the start of the fall term this year. whether, where and when meeting should be held. the Capital Footnotes By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The Washington, D.C., antipoverty agency has set up a 24- hour dial-a-lawyer service for indigent prisoners facing police questioning. The State Department continues to wonder whether Cuban Prime Minister Fidel Castro Is slipping from his role as undisputed leader of the island country. Senate Republican Leader Everett M. Dirksen tells newsmen that doctors, by using a silver plit« and a silver, De Gaulle Goes Home PARIS (AP) - President Charles de Gaulle returned today from Moscow, where he said his state visit had set the stage for a new era of easing tensions between Western and Communist Eastern Europe. Nearly all members of De Gaulle's Cabiet turned out at the airport to greet him after his 11-day state visit to the Sovie Union. spike to patch his recently broken hip, have put enough hardware "in me to short-circuit a TV set." Rep. Theodore R. Kupferman, R-N.Y.. attacks visitors !o (he Arlington National Ceme tery grave of President John F. Kennedy who dress "as if they were going on a picnic." Divco-Wayne 32% Still Trying Surveyor 1 PASADENA, Calif. (AP) Hope is fading, but scientists say they will keep trying to prod Surveyor 1, America's camera on the moon, to electronic life again. Experts at Jet Propulsion Laboratory got no reply from two command signals sent to the 620-pound spacecraft. Surveyor stopped transmitting pictures two weeks ago when it was engulfed in the two-week lunar night, with the temperatures 260 degrees below zero. Experts say the craft may have been damaged by the cold. "We'll keep trying, just to see if the battery survived," one spokesman said. More than 10,000 pictures were transmitted previously following United States' first successful soft landing on the moon. Soviets Repeat Appeal MOSCOW (AP)-A new Soviet appeal to Red China called today for Communist unity in support of North Viet Nam. It did not mention the U.S. air raids near Hanoi and Haiphong. The appeal came in an article in Pravda, the Soviet Comu- nist party organ, marking the 45th anniversary of ths Chinese Communist party. The article repeated earlier Soviet appeals to end the Moscow-Peking feud and again insisted the Chinese leaders must back down to end the dispute. The Chinese have rejected all such previous Soviet appeal. Services By FUNERAL HOME Integrity CLYDE G1LLILAND, 3:30 p.m., Friday, Cobb Chapel. * * * PAULO CHAVARRIA, Z fm., Saturday, Immaculate Conception Church. 1 •••••••••••••••••••••• CORRECTION Ladies Sandals $1 00 • Genuine Erell • Large Selection • S-M-L-EXL PR. enneiff IVAYS FIRST QUALITY* ALWAYS FIRST QUALITY

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