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Wed Jul 31, 2019, 12:33 AM

(Jewish Group) House legislation would help care for Holocaust survivors

Bipartisan legislation was introduced in the House of Representatives that will prioritize health care and nutrition services for Holocaust survivors.

The bill, the Trauma-Informed Modernization of Eldercare for Holocaust Survivors Act or “TIME for Holocaust Survivors Act,” was introduced earlier this month in the Senate. It increases the chances that survivors could age in their own homes rather than an in institutions.

It was introduced by Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., who is Jewish, and Reps. Donna Shalala, D-Fla. and Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y.

The bill incorporates several provisions into the Older Americans Act to ensure that Holocaust survivors have care and services tailored to their needs.

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There are about 80,000 Holocaust survivors living in the United States, with one-third of them living at or below the poverty line.

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