Introduction:

Children with hearing loss of at least 40 decibels at speaking frequencies in both ears are entitled to a Disabled Child Benefit
The benefit may be paid retroactively for up to a year prior to the claim submission date if, according to the submitted medical documentation, the proper conditions of eligibility were met before the claim was submitted

In accordance with regulation 4 of the Second Addendum to the National Insurance Institute Regulations (Child Disability), 5770-2010, children with hearing loss (at a level detailed in the "Who is Eligible?" section below) are entitled to a Disabled Child Benefit.

  • The process for receiving the benefit is described in the following flowchart, and further on in this article.
Receiving notification about the decision of the committee
If the answer is positive, see, Benefit Rates
In any case, you may
reapply

Who is Eligible?

  • A child, from birth until the age of 18 and 3 months, who has (without correction) hearing loss of at least 40 decibels at speaking frequencies in both ears:
    • Children with hearing loss of at least 45 dB in both ears (at speaking frequencies) without corrective action are entitled to the full benefit.
    • Children with hearing loss of between 40-44 dB in both ears who require regular use of a hearing device(s) are entitled to a partial benefit.
  • For additional conditions of eligibility (see Additional Conditions of Eligibility for the General Disabled child benefit).

Necessary Preparations

Necessary Examinations

  • An audiogram - up-to-date hearing test that examines air conduction without a hearing device
  • tympanogram (if relevant)

How to Claim It?

What Now? For Further Details Notes
Submit a claim Submitting a Disabled Child Benefit Claim It is important to remember to send all required documents
After filing the claim, it will be decided if a decision on the amount of disability can be made without the presence of the child. Disabled Child Benefit Committee Hearing in the Absence of the Child. If the committee decides on eligibility based on documentation only, you can request that the child be checked by the committee within 45 days.
If it is decided after filing the claim that there is a need to check the child then an invitation to a medical committee hearing will be sent according to the age of the child. *Medical Committee for a Disabled Child up to Age 3 *It is important to arrive at the prescribed time, or to report the inability to attend in advance.
  • If the child does not need assistance in performing daily activities, you can request that these activities are not checked during the committee's examination.
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.
  • In cases where temporary disability is established, towards the end of the established period of disability, the National Insurance Institute will request updated medical information and the person will be invited to appear before an additional medical committee.
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.
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:
  • The date in which the symptoms connected to the child's disability were first recorded in the child's medical records.
  • The date in which that child's disability began to cause a significant and heavy treatment load (according to a pediatrician who works on behalf of the National Insurance Institute).
*A child receiving the benefit because of a developmental delay (until age 3) may receive a retroactive benefit for up to half a year before the claim was filed.
  • A retroactive benefit is not automatic and should be requested along with the main claim submission.
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.
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.


Benefit Rates

  • The rates of the disabled child benefit are determined based on on the percentage of the full benefit amount of a single person which is 2,222 NIS, correct as of 2019.
  • Benefit rates (50%, 100%, or 188%) are determined, in part, according to the child's level of functioning, the degree of dependence on the help of others, and medical treatment that the child requires.
  • Children above age 3 who are completely dependent on others and children (according to specific conditions) from birth who receive regular treatment in the hospital, are entitled to a benefit at the rate of 188%.
  • A child with more than one disability is entitled receive the highest benefit level that his disabilities entitle him to (if the child has 3 or more disabilities established at 50%, he is entitled to a benefit of 100% as detailed on the National Insurance Institute website.

Disabled Child Benefit at a rate of 50%

  • The Disabled Child Benefit at the rate of 50% is 1,264 NIS, correct as of 2019. The amount includes a supplement of 153 NIS (the supplement is paid retroactively from January 2018).
  • A child who has 3 conditions that entitle him to a pension of 50% is entitled to a pension of 100% (2,600 NIS as of 2019). For more information see the National Insurance Institute website.

Disabled Child Benefit at a rate of 100%

  • The Disabled Child Benefit at the rate of 100% is 2,600 NIS (this amount includes the supplement amount of 378 NIS), correct as of 2019.

Disabled Child Benefit at a rate of 188%

  • The Disabled Child Benefit at the rate of 188% is 4,757 NIS (this amount includes the supplement amount of 580 NIS), correct as of 2019. (The supplement was raised retroactively from January 2018).

Supplement amount for children who are ventilated with a tracheostomy

Previous Rates


Period of Eligibility

  • A Disabled Child Benefit is paid from the month in which the claim was filed.
  • The benefit may be paid retroactively for up to a year prior to the claim submission date if, according to the submitted medical documentation, the proper conditions of eligibility were met before the claim was submitted.
  • A retroactive benefit is not automatic and should be requested along with the main claim submission.

Families with more than one child with disabilities

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