Bush: Ease Benefit Process for Katrina Survivors

President Bush announces a plan to ensure that survivors of Hurricane Katrina receive federal benefits. The plan is designed to provide access to things like food stamps, Medicaid coverage and unemployment insurance — even for those evacuees and survivors who have lost their identification.

In New Orleans, urgent calls by city officials — and dire warnings of toxic floodwaters — have led many residents who weathered the storm and the flood to leave their homes. A block-by-block search is under way in an effort to get the remaining survivors out.



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