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Treatment of High Blood Pressure Committee, and he is very
active still, and has been lobbying to get more money for the
high blood pressure program under the Health Services Administration
in the Department of Health, Education and Welfare. We have
11 million dollars in it now and we're trying to get 22 million.
The House gave us, I was trying to get 24 million actually.
The House gave us, I think it was -- $17,261,000 and the Senate
gave us 22 million. We have an authorization of 24 million.
But obviously we won't get that. We'll get something between
17 million and 22 million.
Now, this is for the fiscal year?
-- which will nearly double the amount we've had so far.
I see. This is for the fiscal year beginning in 1980?
This is to be given to states based on their health
planning requests. The high blood pressure hearings resulted
in legislation proposed by Pepper which would provide, among
other things, free medical care to -- and medications -- to people
on Medicaid and Medicare. This has yet to be taken up by
Congressman Rangle's committee, subcommittee of the Ways and
Means Committee, but we have hopes that it will be.
Altogether, this was a very successful hearing, and
it will be tremendously successful if it results in legislation.
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