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.
for a child up to the age of 3
for a child above age 3
In some cases a
committee meeting without the presence 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
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).
- In preparation for Submitting a Disabled Child Benefit Claim, prepare the relevant exams and documents.
- Before submitting the claim or as appearance before the medical committee approaches, free guidance is available at "Guiding Hand" centers.
- 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.||Medical Committee Hearing Without the Presence 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.
|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.|
|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:
|| *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.
|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.|
- 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 to receive one benefit - that which entitles him/her to a higher entitlement.
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%. 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
- A child who receives at least a 100% disability benefit and is in need of a respirator at all times, is entitled to a supplemental benefit of 1,844 NIS, correct as of 2019.
- For more information see Additional disabled child benefit for children ventilated with a tracheostomy.
- For information on benefit rates from previous years see the National Insurance Institute's website.
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
- A calculator on the National Insurance Institute website can be used to check eligibility to receive two benefits simultaneously.
- A child up to age 3 who is eligible for a Disabled Child Benefit may be admitted to a Rehabilitative Daycare Centers.
- According to the law, it is illegal to seize a Disabled Child Benefit. If there is a hold on a bank account, you must contact the executing offices and obtain confirmation of specific removal of the hold for Disabled Child Benefit funds and then submit it to the appropriate parties (bank, etc.).
- The National Insurance Institute sends a Certificate of Disability to anyone eligible for a Disabled Child Benefit.
- Listing of Aid Organizations for People With Deafness or Hearing Impairment
- Listing of Aid Organizations for Children with Special Needs
Laws and Regulations
- The National Insurance Law
- National Insurance Regulations (Disabled Child)
- National Insurance Regulations (Disability Insurance) (Appeals Committees for Special Services and Disabled Children)
- English translation and maintenance by The Shira Pransky Project.