The Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce held a hearing, “Health of School Children” on July 16, 1947 (long before Medicaid existed). Vice President of CWLA, Mrs Richard J. Bernhard testified in favor of H.R. 1980 for assistance to States in the development of school-health services. “What we need now-and what H.R. 1980 would provide–a health measure based on the social security principle, which would reach the great majority of children instead of only those in special groups. Since the majority attend public schools for a continuous periods of years,the development and expasion of school health services is by far the most effective way of raising the general level of child health.” Mrs Richard J. Bernhard.