The House passed the medicare amendments bill by a 415 to 3 vote without changing the measure as it had been approved by the House Ways and Means Committee.
Three major revisions may be attempted in the Senate, where hearings were launched by the Senate Finance Committee. A group of senators have backed legislation to make outpatient drugs a benefit under medicare's Part B program for medical fees. Some senators have urged reinstatement of the Administration's proposal to make eligible for medicare the 1.5 million disabled under age 65 who are receiving disability payments.
The most controversial provision of the House measure does not involve medicare. The Administration contested the House provision cracking down on welfare mothers with illegitimate children.
Important medicare changes in the House bill which also raises social security benefits and the taxable wage base include tight limitations on those eligible for state medicaid Title 19 programs;