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While Israel Plans to Offer Medical Coverage for Elderly Ukrainians, Asylum Seekers Still Need to Wait



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Hundreds of African asylum seekers who are over 60 and live in Israel have no social or other benefits and live in limbo. Meanwhile, they watch as Israel plans to provide coverage to refugees from Ukraine.

Ukrainians over the age of 60 are eligible to receive a form of full health insurance to be provided by private companies contracted by Israel’s Labor and Social Affairs Ministry. Funding is also being allocated for three months to the rest of the Ukrainian refugee population in the country, some 15,000 of them.T

The money being allocated is exactly the same sum that was given to a single urgent-care clinic over a period of two years to treat a much larger population of asylum seekers from other troubled regions already living in Israel.

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