The Disability Circular (Children with Disabilities) 1916 establishes that as a general rule, the child does not need to be present at the medical committee hearing in order to determine his/her eligibility for a disabled child benefit and this can be done on the basis of documents alone.
- The general process to receive a disabled child benefit is outlined in the chart below. More details for the steps that occur after the medical committee hearing can be found below
for a child up to the age of 3
for a child above age 3
In some cases a
Disabled Child Benefit Committee Hearing in the Absence of the Child may be possible
If you are not satisfied with the answer you may appeal the a decision of the medical committee
as well as
appeal the a decision of the appeals committee
Target Audience and Prerequisites
- Someone who submitted a disabled child benefit claim and a medical committee hearing is going to be held on the case (Medical Committee Hearing for a Child with Disabilities up to Age 3 or Medical Committee Hearing for a Child with Disabilities above Age 3).
Stages of the Process
- Parents who would like the medical committee hearing to take place in the absence of their child must sign on the "permission for a doctor to determine eligibility without the child" on the claim form.
- In signing that section the parents agree that:
- A decision will be made regarding their child without his/her presence.
- They know that despite their request the committee may still require the child to be checked by a doctor.
- If their request is accepted, a Disabled Child Benefit Dependency Test can not be performed. This test is given to children above age 3 if they have the maximum eligibility level - 188% (There are certain exceptional cases in which dependency points can be determined without requiring the presence of the child at the medical committee hearing).
- It is very important that the documents attached to the claim form be from a doctor authorized to treat the child (not only the family physician) and that they be detailed, specific and up-to-date.
- In cases where it is possible to determine eligibility (partial or maximum) based on documents only, a decision will be made without the presence of the child even if the parent did not sign the consent form as specified in the preceding sections. In such cases, the family will be sent a letter explaining that the decision was made without presence of the child and that they can request a hearing in the presence of the child in order to examine the child's level of dependency on others.
- In any event, a claim without an examination in the presence of the child, or on the basis of documents alone, will not be rejected. If a claim is likely to be rejected, the child will be summoned to the medical committee.
- In the following cases eligibility will be determined based on documents alone, without the presence of the child:
- A child for whom the welfare diagnosis committee determined has medium, hard or severe intellectual disabilities.
- A child that is sick with a degenerative muscle disorder based on the necessary documents.
- A child that has Cerebral Palsy based on having the necessary documents.
- A child that has Diabetes based on the relevant documents.
- A child on the Autistic Spectrum, based on the relevant documents.
- A child who is visually impaired that was tested for eligibility for a Certificate of Blindness/Visual Impairment by the Blind Services.
- A child who has Familial Dysautonomia (FD).
Continuing the Process
|What Now?||For More Information||Notes|
|The committee's decision||Within 45 days of receiving the claim with all relevant documents, you will be sent the decision, together with the minutes of the medical committee meeting.|| In certain situations, temporary eligibility may be established (relevant cases are detailed in the Specific Information for Eligible Populations section.
|If eligibility is granted, the benefit will be paid from the month in which the claim was submitted||The benefit will be transferred to the eligible recipient's bank account on the 28th of each month.||See Disabled Child Benefit#Benefit Rate.|
|Retroactive Payment|| Retroactive payment for up to a year before the claim was submitted may granted if the conditions for eligibility existed before submission. The time is determined based on the earlier of these two dates:
|If you are not satisfied with the decision (if eligibility was rejected or only partially/temporarily established), you can appeal within 90 days from the day it was received.||Appealing the Decision of the Medical Committee for a Disabled Child|
|If you are not satisfied with the decision of the Appeals Committee, you can appeal within 60 days to the Regional Labor Court.||Appealing the Decision of the Medical Appeals Committee of the National Insurance Institute||You may requestfree legal assistance from the legal assistance division of the Ministry of Justice.|
|If you wish to appeal a decision of the claims officer that is not related to the decision of the medical committee||
|A repeat claim may be filed after 6 months, or if there has been a deterioration in health status - with no waiting period.||Submitting a Disabled Child Benefit Repeat Claim|
|If your child (above age 3) is totally dependent on the assistance of others for daily activities (in a way that is significantly more than his/her peers) and the child receives a disabled child benefit without relating to this dependence, a dependence evaluation can be requested.||Dependence Evaluation for a Disabled Child Benefit Recipient||A request for a dependence evaluation can be submitted from age 2 years and 10 months.|
Laws and Regulations
- The National Insurance Law
- National Insurance Regulations (Children with Disabilities) - 2010
- Disability Circular (Children with Disabilities) 1916 - updates and emphasis on situations where eligibility can be determined in the absence of the child. A review of guidelines and medical updates.
- Disability Circular no. 2001 from 16.06.2019 - Patients with Familial Dysautonomia are entitled to a disabled child benefit of 188% from age 3.
- Original translation performed by The Shira Pransky Project as part of a grant from The Fellowship Fund.