Lapid backs nursing aid bill to Holocaust survivors

Bill would increase the number of Holocaust survivors receiving home nursing care.

May 27, 2013 05:55
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Finance Minister Yair Lapid/

Lapid looking sullen 370. (photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem/The Jerusalem Post)

Finance Minister Yair Lapid said on Thursday that he will support the recent bill filed by chairman of the Welfare, Labor and Health Committee, Likud Beytenu MK Haim Katz, that will increase the number of Holocaust survivors receiving home nursing care.

The committee had held a heated discussion on the subject earlier this month during which Katz had promised to submit bills to ease survivors’ conditions.

The bills are intended to significantly improve the rights and economic situation of survivors.

The first draft of the law seeks not to deny Holocaust survivors their eligibility for nursing benefits from the National Insurance Institute due to monthly benefits they receive, that can make their income exceed the threshold that qualifies for nursing benefits.

The initiative would cost tens of millions of shekels each year.

The second states that anyone who resided in a hostile country during the relevant period or fled to an area under German occupation, will be defined as a Holocaust survivor by law. Also, a person will be considered a survivor if his entitlement to compensation for health damages, labor and loss of freedom as a result of the Nazi regime, has been officially recognized.

According to the bills, Holocaust survivors will be entitled to a monthly pension, that would put their available monthly income at NIS 4,800 in addition to the benefits they receive from foreign countries.

“The Israeli government is making a significant step in the treatment of Holocaust survivors,” Katz said.

He welcomed Lapid’s support, which he said “showed responsibility and sensitivity on the subject.”

Katz’s bills include the initiatives of Likud Beytenu MK Orly Levi-Abecassis, Meretz MK Ilan Gilon, Shas MK Ya’acov Margi, Bayit Yehudi MKs Yoni Chetboun and Shuli Muallem, as well as Labor MKs Miki Rosenthal and Michal Biran.

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