Introduction:

The "Fast Track" is an expedited process which enables handling of General Disability Pension claim submissions within about 30 days of the request date
The Fast Track is relevant to those with severe illness or impairment as detailed below.


In order to provide some relief to those with severe disabilities and expedite management of their General Disability Pension claim submissions, an expedited process ("Fast Track") has been established to handle claims of individuals belonging to any of the special populations detailed below.

  • The entire process of receiving the benefit is not simple, but also not overly complicated. See the following diagram, as well as the anticipated steps in detail below.

Who is Eligible?

  • Individuals who have submitted a General Disability Pension claim and belong to any of the following populations are eligible for the "fast track":
    • Patients with a malignant disease who are receiving active treatment for it or who are terminally ill.
    • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) patients receiving Rilutek (Riluzole) treatment.
    • Individuals with a mental disorder established at a degree of 50% or higher.
    • Individuals with intellectual developmental disabilities established at a degree of 40% or higher, recognized as such by the Ministry of Social Affairs and Social Services.
    • Patients with severe tuberculosis.
    • Organ transplant recipients (kidney, heart, liver, pancreas, or bone marrow) for the first year following the transplant.
    • Patients with a serious or infectious disease receiving active treatment for it.
    • People with a lack of full function in both legs and/or are dependent on a wheelchair.

How to Claim It?

  • When Submitting a General Disability Pension Claim, one must sign the claim form on the section for agreement that the doctor will determine the percentage of medical disability according to provided documents only, with no summons for a medical examination.
  • After submitting the claim, a doctor from the National Insurance Institute will decide if the claim is eligible for the "Fast Track" process and if the presence of the claimant is not necessary for eligibility to be established.
  • If the doctor decides that it is impossible to determine eligibility without the presence of the applicant, the applicant will be requested to appear before a General Disability Medical Committee.
  • The National Insurance Institute will try to complete the claim process for expedited claims within 30 days of receiving them.


Continuing the Process

What Now? For Further Details Notes
Medical Board's Decision
  • In the following circumstances, your case will be transferred to the claims official in order to determine the degree of disability:
    • If the medical committee established medical disability of at least 60%.
    • If the medical committee established medical disability of at least 40%, and one disability is at least 25%.
    • For a housewife - if the medical board determined medical disability of at least 50%
There are rights given based on percentage of medical disability, independent of the determination of the degree of disability and eligibility for disability. For more details see General Disability Medical Committee.
The Decision of the Claims Official and Establishing the Degree of Incapacity
  • The claims official will recheck your income, with reference to the percentage of medical disability which has been established.
  • The official determines to what extent your medical disability affects your ability to work and to earn (for a housewife-on her ability to function within household responsibilities) based on recommendations by a doctor and the rehabilitation clerk.
In cases in which a rehabilitation clerk recommendation is necessary, you will be invited to an interview.
Receiving the Decision * Upon finishing all of the examinations, you will be sent in the mail a notification of the decision on your claim with the attached report of the medical committee.
  • Important Reminder:
    • Your eligibility for the allowance is a result of the established percentage of medical disability determined by a medical committee as well as the level of incapacity to function established by a claims assessor.
    • Both of these decisions can be appealed as outlined below.
Payment of the Allowance for those Eligible
  • For those who were determined a degree of incapacity, payment for the disability allowance will be 90 days from the date in which the level of incapacity was determined.
  • One who's degree of incapacity is 100% for at least 6 consecutive months, may receive payment within 30 days.
  • Eligibility for retroactive payment of the allowance will be for a maximum of 12 months before submission of the claim.
Those eligible for Sick Pay will receive the allowance upon finishing the period in which s/he receives the sick pay.
If you are not satisfied with the decision of the medical committee, you can appeal the decision within 90 days. Appealing a medical decision regarding general disability
  • According to the Law, in cases in which the medical committee determined disability of less than 80%, one may appeal the decision.
  • Despite this, the courts have ruled that one may appeal the medical committee's decision, even in cases in which a higher degree of disability was established.
If you are not satisfied with the decision of the appeals committee, you may submit an appeal (for legal questions only) within 60 days. One may request free legal assistance from the Justice Department's branch for free legal assistance.
If you are not satisfied with the level of incapacity determined, in certain cases you can appeal the decision of the claims assessor within 90 days. Appealing the decision determining incapacity to function
  • One can submit an appeal for two types of decisions regarding incapacity to function:
    1. the decision that you did not lose the ability to work, or work less than 50%.
    2. the decision that the inability to function is not more than 74%.
  • In a situation in which the committee is deciding to reduce the level of incapacity, one may cancel the appeal submission and retain the current level of incapacity determined by a claims assessor.
If you are not satisfied with the decision of the appeals committee, you may submit an appeal (for legal questions only) within 60 days. One may request free legal assistance from the Justice Department's branch for free legal assistance.
If you would like to appeal the decision of the claims assessor independent of the level of incapacity determined, you may do so for matters such as periods of employment, your age, your level of education, income, etc.).
  • You can submit Request to the Claims Committee within 6 months from the day in which you received the rejection from the claims assessor.
  • Alternatively, if you are not satisfied with the decision of the appeals committee, you can submit an appeal to the regional labor courtss within 12 months from the day in which you received the decision from the claims officer regarding your allowance.
After 6 months, or in event of the worsening of a medical condition a renewed request may be submitted without a wait period. Reexamination of Disability Pension Eligibility


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