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Capitol Health Call
March 12, 2014

Holocaust Survivors’ Health Needs

JAMA. 2014;311(10):1005. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.2004

At a hearing before the Senate Special Committee on Aging, members heard testimony calling for improvements in health care delivery to Holocaust survivors.

Between 109 000 to 150 000 survivors, average age of 80 years, now live in the United States, with an estimated 25% living at or below the poverty line.

Many of the low-income survivors receive their health care through Medicaid, which relies on nursing home care rather than home health care. While virtually every state has a Medicaid waiver to provide home and community-based care to those eligible for nursing home care, more than 150 000 aged or disabled US residents are on waiting lists for such care.

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