Idaho Free Press from Nampa, Idaho on February 12, 1975 · Page 30
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Idaho Free Press from Nampa, Idaho · Page 30

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i I The Idaho Free Press i The News-Tribune. Wednesday. Febniurv .2.1375 - B-6 Berry'sWorld NEA official \ A v "Do you know what I miss, Charlie? I miss the good old days o/ wasteful mismanagement!" Major medical coverage rises t -NEW Y O R K . iV.Y.-The \: number of persons in Idaho ·{ under age (15 who have major !; medical insurance as protection 1; against catastrophic medical _'.' expenses has reached 20C.OOO. ''. According lo t h e H e a l t h I; Insurance I n s t i t u t e , this was the ; number covered by insurance ' companies alone, as of the ·, beginning of 197-I, and is the I'- latest available figure on major *· medical coverage in Idaho. · ' Major medical guards againsl I. the impacl ol large medical bills t! by helping iu pay for virtually J all types of care prescribed by a ' physician, whether provided in . or out of hospital. This includes ^ ambulances, p r i v a t e nurses. ;- drugs and medical appliances. '. Nationally, major medical ;· insurance through insurance j« companies protects more than C 81 million persons. With the £ addition of (hose who have c.ilaslrophic protection f r o m C Blue Cross-Blue Shield, plans £ such as Kaiser-Permanenle. or Jhigh benefit basic packages, a .-lolal o( 135 million Americans under age 65 have some form of "catastrophic" private health insurance. That works out to almost 3 in -i Americans in Iliat age group. Major medical insurance from insurance companies has grown rapidly, ihe total number of persons so protected more than doubling in the 1963-73 decade. Over Ihe same period, the amount of major medical benefits paid out nationally by insurance companies has more than quadrupled. soing from SB13 million in 1963 to $3,558 million in IS73. O r i g i n a l l y , major m e d i c a l policies paid maximum benefits of $5.000 to $10.000. But the trend has been lo increase the maximum lo keep pace with rising health care costs. A 1970 industry study of major medical policies shored lli.il 15 per cent of insured persons had m a x i m u m benefit levels of JSO.OOO or more. By 1973, this figure had risen to -H per cent, and some of Ihe maximums ranged up lo C-a.OOOaml higher. Sun. Mon. r Feb. 16th-17th 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. MRCKMIU SHOPPING CENTER Ford's federal bufxj« e t WASHINGTON--"Tliis ml- ilevastatina rale he oxnlainorl nav \X\PS \TTi2-. WASHINGTON---TM* ad- miiiislralion has lolally lost sigli! of ttic roalilics of human necdi when i; proposes lo slash llir fcdpriil sliarc of spending for education and social programs Hhile boosting military aid lo South Vietnam and Cambodia," i-hargiM Jamos A. Harris, pri'sidcm of (he N a t i o n a l KrluiMlinn Association recently. Terming the liscal 1970 budget sent (o Congress "an economic as well as social disaster," Harris also pointed lo burlgcl predictions thai joblessness will surpass eight per c e n t . "Teachers and other puhlic employes got the short end ol the slick during the wage-price frecve. and it appears (hat they arc now being set up lo bear the brunt ol more ill-conceived, a l u i r l - s i g h l e i l e c o n o m i c policies," he declared. Local a n d state governments are already laying off workers and cutting back probrams at a devastating rale, he explained, pay taxes, a~ and "it's going lo gel worse if and unemploy cilies and stales have to Yet, pointed shoulder an even greater share Billion reqm_ of education, health, and public education divisitflno* assistance costs--which is w h a t makes, no provision^ tliis builgcl would moan." flatjonary bligM suffc "It's absurd to call for nation's schools, but desperately needed increases means an actual dollar for unemployment and lem- some $445 million from TM| 3 . porary public service jobs and in Further, the budget's proposed Ihesamebreathmakeproposals increases in food stamp costs t h a t would guarantee the loss of a nd limits on cost-of-living in- e x i s t i n g , permanent govern- creases for Social Security and mem jobs and put more people out of work," asserted the NEA lender. "The layoff of teachers and sllier public employes also means hardships for Ilic entire community depending on those services. In education, it's a dollar-and-cents loss to t h e PRESIDENT'S DAY SPECIAL SPECIAL GROUP LADIES' SHOES-- VALUtS TO '32.00 school lunches "would lilerally take the food out of the mouths of children, Ihe elderly, and the poor," he warned. In shameful contrast, said Harris, "inflation is used as one justification for a record $!H billion defense budget. We nation as well, since every support a strong America, but dollar invested in this blue-chip the Pentagon needs some of thai American stock returns six accountability teachers are dollars lo Ihe national economy, always hearing about « p hen it Kduciiled citizens produce and talks about bombers thai will consume goods and services, cost $76 million apiece." DOW *fi- $ 7$ 8 ^ Pair of broken sizes, patterns and colors -- all from ' " .Garber's regular stock of fine ladies' shoes. Sal(sStar\ Thursday Feb. 13fh SHOE STORE KARCHERMALL HAMPA AMBASSADOR VALENTINES 59'VALENTINES 89* VALENTIHES 49' POLAROID FILM ELECTKC SHAVER MM WHITMAN SAMPLER Our Keg. $2.99 ' ( A fine mioitmenl ol Urjhl and daik chocolates. A grtal gilt. You Save 70*. COLOR FILM POLAROID SX70-2 Our Reg. ^1 ·** H09.9S CM88 lnsfo.il, becutiU co'or piduref. Easy to opsfalf LADY SHAVER 88 Our Reg. f 10.99 You Save S2.M tad/ Rem.'ng-o MS 120 51 m line with rm* THROUGH SATURDAY, FEB. 15th PWfl PAPER TOWELS TOILET TIS Our Reg. 59' Scorn Big Roll highly abscibenl, soft butitrong. AMBUSH OR TABU COLOGNES ANACIN TABLETS BAVLIGHTENCOUiTES 4 OLYMPIA BEER 6 Pack of 11-Oz.Stubbys "Pure ArJii/an Water" SINGLE QURRCG. Jf, 99, You San 50 DOUBLE OU* KtG. fl.», YouSoYt fl.OO . C O T Y E M E R A U D E SPRAY MIST C50 JOHNSON JOHNSON COTTON BALLS ? JGLISH LEATHER THROAT LOZENGES MALL SHOPPING CENTER

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