New immigrants pose upon arrival 370.
(photo credit: Courtesy of Nefesh B'Nefesh)
Israelis moving back to the country with families making aliya would not have to
wait to receive government-subsidized medical care, according to a bill proposed
by MK Dov Lipman (Yesh Atid) on Sunday.
Lipman, the first American-born MK
in decades, has been consulting with organizations that encourage aliya and help
new immigrants, and wrote the bill after Nefesh B’Nefesh informed him of an
obstacle to aliya.
According to the current law, returning citizens do
not receive government-subsidized medical care for their first six months in the
country in order to ensure that they are making a permanent move as opposed to
an extended visit.
The six-month wait for medical insurance creates a
financial challenge, making it difficult to make aliya for families in which one
parent or spouse is Israeli but the other has yet to receive citizenship, Lipman
The bill would allow Israelis returning with a non-Israeli
spouse and/or children to receive medical care immediately.
legislation has support from all coalition parties, as well as Labor and
“This minor change to the law could have major ramifications for
increasing aliya,” Lipman said.
“I view this as the first of many
reforms, which are necessary to inspire more aliya, and look forward to its