Holocaust survivors to receive extra benefits from gov't

May 29, 2013 13:41

Holocaust Survivors will be able to receive nursing care benefits in addition to payments they receive as survivors, according to a bill passed in its preliminary reading Wednesday.

The bill, proposed by Knesset Labor, Welfare and Health Committee chairman Haim Katz (Likud Beytenu) will increase the amount the government spends on nursing care benefits by tens of millions of shekels each year.

"This is another way to prevent harm to Holocaust survivors," Katz said in the plenum. "We're giving them 16 hours of nursing care without 'entrance exams.'"

The Likud Beytenu MK added that 40 survivors die each day.

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