The National Insurance Institute gives loans to individuals with limited mobility requiring a wheelchair so that they can install a wheelchair lift or a wheelchair loading arm for their vehicle
The loan is for up to 95% of the value of the devices actually purchased
The loan becomes a grant after five years unless conditions of the agreement are violated
For more information, see the National Insurance Institute's English website
- Individuals with limited mobility who require a wheelchair and use one are entitled to receive a loan to purchase and install a vehicle wheelchair lift device.
- The loan may be received once every five years if the recipient meets the conditions of eligibility.
- In special cases it is possible that an additional loan will be approved before five years have passed since the previous loan was given.
- The loan becomes a grant after five years (unless the National Insurance Institute has required that it be repaid before then).
- The device may be either of the following:
1. Wheelchair lift (מתקן הרמה)
- A device installed on the vehicle to lift the wheelchair onto the roof or into the vehicle's trunk.
- A loan for this type of device is for 95% of the actual price of the purchased wheelchair lift including relevant installation fees and taxes and can not exceed $3,237 including VAT.
2. Loading arm (זרוע לנשיאה)
- A device that helps load the wheelchair into the vehicle's trunk.
- A loan for this type of device is for 95% of the actual price of the purchased loading arm including relevant installation fees and taxes and can not exceed $7,132 including VAT.
Who is Eligible?
- Individuals with limited mobility will be entitled to the assistance for purchase and installation of a device if they meet the following conditions of eligibility:
- They are entitled to receive a Monthly Mobility Allowance for Vehicle Owners as of the date the loan request is submitted.
- The medical committee or medical appeals committee has determined that they require a wheelchair and they use one.
- They own and are in possession of a vehicle that is suitable for installation of the relevant device and have purchased one which is suitable for the vehicle.
- They are not entitled to receive the type of device or a grant to purchase and install such a device by virtue of any other law or arrangement, and if they are eligible for such assistance, they have chosen to receive the assistance as part of the mobility agreement instead.
- They have not received this type of device or a loan for this type of device in the past, or five years have passed since they have.
How to Claim It?
- The assistance is provided after the device has been purchased and installed.
- A written request for the assistance must be submitted to the National Insurance Institute branch closest to the applicant's home. The following must be attached to the request:
- Original receipt and tax invoice from the installer.
- Signed letter of commitment regarding use of the device; this document can be obtained from the Mobility Department.
- After five years the loan becomes a grant.
- English translation and maintenance by The Shira Pransky Project.