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State governors agree to support expansion of Medicare

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 21 August 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:414
  1. Fred Charatan
  1. Florida

    The National Governors Association, a lobbying group representing the views of US state governors, has unanimously supported extending the Medicare drug benefit currently being considered by Congress to everyone aged over 65 (7 June, p 1230).

    Governors of 50 states and one territory signed a letter sent to members of the conference committee due to reconcile House and Senate versions of the bill when Congress reconvenes after its summer recess.

    The conflict has arisen over “dual eligibles”–people aged over 65 entitled to care through Medicare who are …

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