National Insurance (Bituach Leumi) and disabilities

 

Rights of the Ill and Disabled for Which the
National Insurance Institute (Bituach Leumi) is Responsible

 

National Insurance Pensions for the Ill and Disabled

 

Introduction

This section includes general information regarding rights and services available to the ill and disabled as part of the National Insurance.

It is recommended to examine these rights by referring to the relevant authorities and/or with the assistance of a lawyer specializing in the field.

 

General Disability Pension

  • In general, a disability pension is paid to individuals who lost the ability to earn a salary as the result of a medical disability or whose earning capacity decreased by at least 50% or to a homemaker whose ability to perform household chores decreased by at least 50%.
  • The entitlement may be expressed through a monthly pension or professional rehabilitation. The pension rate is determined according to the degree of disability defined by the National Insurance Institute and additional conditions defined by the Institute.
  • Click here for a comprehensive explanation of the rights and the claim submission process from the National Insurance website.

 


Attendance (Special Services) Allowance for the Severely Disabled

  • The following are eligible for an attendance allowance pension for the severely disabled: men and women up to retirement age who are insured by the National Insurance and who require a significant amount of help or who require a significant amount of supervision by someone else for everyday activities (getting dressed, eating, bathing, mobility in the home, bladder and bowel control), or who require constant supervision in order to prevent a threat to their own life or the lives of others.
  • The rate of the pension is determined by the individual’s dependence on others to perform routine daily activities or to supervise him/her.
  • Click here for a comprehensive explanation of the rights and the claim submission process from the National Insurance website.

 

 

Mobility Pension 

  • A mobility pension provides benefits for those with leg disabilities which limit their mobility. The pension is paid from state treasury money according to the mobility agreement signed between the Ministry of the Treasury and the National Insurance Institute.
  • Click here for a comprehensive explanation of the rights and the claim submission process from the National Insurance website.
  • Click here to view a National Insurance presentation including comprehensive information on the process of claiming mobility rights.

 

 

Child Disability Benefit

  • The benefit is paid to children 91 days to 18 years old, according to the different disabilities and dependence on others. For a child who is entitled to the benefit for more than one disability, he/she will receive the benefit based on the disability that entitles him/her to a higher benefit.
  • In cases of hemophilia : A child requiring at least one transfusion per month of: blood, blood substitute and anti-infective medications . The law refers to the factor and not the number of transfusions.
  • Click here for a comprehensive explanation of the rights and the claim submission process from the National Insurance website.
  • Click here for an explanation from the Ahava non-profit organization website of living expenses, academic and other assistance for a disabled child, as well as the revision for submitting a claim for the benefit and its form of payment (Hebrew).

 

 

Vocational Rehabilitation

  • People with a disability, people who were injured at work and their spouses who receive a survivor’s pension or a work injury pension, are additionally entitled to allowances provided to them by the National Insurance for professional rehabilitation with the goal of providing professional training and assistance with integration into the workforce.
  • Click here for a comprehensive explanation of the rights and the claim submission process from the National Insurance website .

 

 

Exemption from Paying National Insurance Fees

  • An individual receiving a disability pension who has no other form of income is exempt from paying National Insurance fees as long as he/she receives a pension.
  • An individual whose earning incapacity has been defined as at least 75% for one year or more, is exempt from paying National Insurance fees even if he/she has an additional form of income. If he/she works, then he/she is required to pay.
  • More information can be obtained from the National Insurance Institute’s Collections Department.
  • Click here for more details regarding the rights to which the disabled are entitled (Hebrew).

 

 

Medical  Committees

  • There are different acting bodies throughout the country that arrange for medical committees to determine the degree of disability, mobility benefits, perform work fitness tests, etc. Click hereto see an overview of all of the committees acting on behalf of the National Insurance, the Ministry of Defense and the pension foundations.

 


For more information on blood transfusion victims’ rights and compensation (HIV),  Click here

 

Please Note : Hemophiliacs who do not want to be exposed have the option to refer directly to the National Insurance Institute in Jerusalem (and not to its branches) regarding special services and/or claiming their National Insurance rights, in order to maintain maximum medical privacy.

 

Click here  for more information on all related benefits provided by the National Insurance Institute.

Click here  to view a National Insurance Institute presentation regarding disabilities (Hebrew).

Click here  for information about exemption from paying television fees.

 

In general, there are no double benefits and every instance should be thoroughly checked with the National Insurance Institute.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Translated by The Shira Pransky Project