National Insurance Institute policyholders who would like to appeal a National Insurance Institute decision related to benefit/entitlement eligibility may do so to a regional labor court.
- Regional labor court decisions may be appealed to the National Labor Court.
- Appellants are entitled to free legal aid from the Ministry of Justice.
Target Audience and Prerequisites
- National Insurance Institute policyholders wishing to appeal a National Insurance Institute decision related to a benefit/entitlement claim.
To Whom and How to Apply
- National Insurance Institute decisions may be appealed to the regional labor court closest to the claimant's place of residence.
- The appeal must be filed within 12 months from the day that written communication was received from the National Insurance Institute.
- One can appeal a decision of the regional labor courts to the National Labor Court in Jerusalem.
Appeals Relating to Disability and Nursing
- Appealing the decision of a National Insurance Medical Appeals Committee:
- Initial appeals must be submitted to the National Insurance Institute Medical Appeals Committee within 60 days of receiving the National Insurance Institute Medical Committee decision.
- Appeals committee decisions may be appealed to a regional labor court within 60 days of receiving the decision, although such appeals may relate to legal matters only.
- If the appeal is related to the level of disability or incapacity:
- For matters relating directly to one's level of incapacity, appeals should be brought to ones local National Insurance branch with 60 days of receiving the decision regarding legal questions alone.
- Decisions by the appeals committee can only brought to appeal on legal grounds at the the local labor court within 60 days of receiving the appeals committee decision.
- Appealing a decision about levels of dependency in the context of a Long-Term Care Benefit:
- Appealing decisions relating to the level of assistance required Determining Eligibility should be brought to the appeals committee within 60 days.
- For more information, see: Appealing a decision relating to the Long Term Care Benefit.
- Appealing a decision of the claims clerk on other issues:
- The appeal should be submitted directly to the regional labor courts within a year of receiving the decision that you wish to appeal.
- Individuals appealing a National Insurance Institute decision to a regional labor court are entitled to request free legal aid from a legal aid bureau of the Ministry of Justice's Legal Aid Division.
- For more information, see: Free Legal Aid from the Ministry of Justice's Legal Aid Division.
- Legal aid from a legal aid bureau is not dependent on meeting any type of economic criteria.
Turning to the Claims Committee
- An individual whose claim for a benefit has been rejected by the claims clerk may also contact (in certain cases) the claims committee, which will assess the decision to reject.
- The claims committee may serve as a substitute, or preliminary stage (depending on the results) to an appeal before the regional labor courts. for more details, see: Claims Committee for a Further Ruling on a Claim to the National Insurance Institute.
- For more information see Claims Committee to Reassess a National Insurance Institute Claim.
Laws and Regulations
- Legal aid related to National Insurance Institute matters on the Ministry of Justice website
- English translation and maintenance by The Shira Pransky Project.