Publication Title

Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics


Simkins, Hospital Desegregation, Civil Rights Act, Medicare, Civil Rights History

Document Type



Our students ought to know about the history of formal hospital segregation and desegregation. To that end, this article urges those who teach foundational health law and policy courses to do three things. First, to teach the Simkins case. Second, to swap out the usual Medicare signing ceremony picture for one that includes W. Montague Cobb, M.D., Ph.D. Third, to highlight how the implementation of that program for the elderly led, in a matter of months, to the desegregation of hospitals throughout the country.



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