A certificate of disability is sent to National Insurance Institute disability pension recipients and entitles them to receive benefits from various entities.
- Beginning in January 2017, a certificate of disability may also be granted, in certain cases (detailed below), to people who don't actually receive a disability pension.
- The certificate bears the name of the disabled person and his ID number without a photo. When presenting the certificate, in order to actualize the benefits, one must also present identification bearing a photograph.
- Currently, disabled certificates are bilingual- Hebrew and English.
Who is Eligible?
- Those for whom one of the following has been approved:
- General Disability Pension (Those who received the general pension and now receive a Old Age Disability Pension, will continue to be eligible for a Certificate of Disability. )
- Special Services Benefit (Attendance Allowance)
- Disabled Child Benefit
- Mobility Benefit
- Monthly pension for victims of ringworm
- Monthly pension for Polio (Poliomyelitis) victims
- Those who don't actually receive a disability pension but are one of the following cases:
- They have an established disability of at least 90% (including having been established by the Income Tax Exemption Medical Committee).
- Their degree of incapacity is established to be above 60% and they do not receive an form of pension from work income, sick pay, delays in the payment of insurance contributions, or they receive a different pension that negates their eligibility to receive a disability pension.
- Children that don't receive the Disabled Child Benefit because they are in foster families.
How to Claim It?
- The certificate is automatically sent after the benefit/pension has been approved (or renewed following a temporary benefit/pension).
- To ensure the arrival of the certificate, one should confirm that the address in the National Insurance Institute is updated.
- Someone who has not received a certificate, or who lost it, must contact the National Insurance Institute branch closest to his/her place of residence. Click here to find the nearest branch.
- A Foster Family who did not get a certificate because of a mistaken or lack of registration with the National Insurance Institute should contact their Foster Supervisor at the Ministry of Labor, Social Affairs and Social Services.
- The certificate is valid for 7 years or until benefit/pension eligibility expires, the earlier of the two.
- When 7 years have passed, if the benefit/pension eligibility continues, a new certificate will be sent.
Certificate holder benefits
- The benefits offered to certificate holders include the following, among others:
Exemption from waiting on line and payment for the escort of the disability recipient
- On 01.10.2013 the following rule, which exempts the escorts of certain populations from payment and from waiting on line, came into effect. See: Equal rights for people with (appropriating access to services)-2013.
- Adjustments were made to the certificate for the disabled and eligible populations, including the addition to the words "exempt from payment for escort" or "exemption from waiting in line and from payment for escort", without specifying the type or scope of the disability (see red mark):
- For more information, see:
- Those who receive a Long-Term Care Benefit will receive a "Long Term Care Benefit Certificate," which will enable exemption from payment in public places for one who accompanies the recipient.
- Original translation performed by The Shira Pransky Project as part of a grant from The Fellowship Fund.