The Mobility Agreement, signed between the Ministry of Finance and the National Insurance Institute on 01.06.1977, codifies the benefits and entitlements to which individuals with limited mobility (an impairment affecting the body from the waist down and limits capacity to move around and be mobile) are eligible..
- The purpose of the agreement is to enable those who cannot walk due to a medical impairment to be more mobile, to allow individuals with disabilities to get to work, and to encourage the inclusion and integration of individuals with limited mobility in the work force.
- Over the years, various amendments have been added to the agreement, such as:
- The option to have the rate of disability weighted for patients with arthritis in the impaired limb(s).
- Allowing authorized drivers to live up to 1.5 km (as the crow flies) from the individual with limited mobility's home (instead of 500 m as it had been previously).
What's in the Agreement?
- The agreement grants various benefits and entitlements to individuals between age 3 and retirement age who have an impairment affecting the lower body.
- By virtue of the agreement, these individuals are entitled to benefits intended to ease the difficulties caused by their limited mobility.
- In addition to a monetary benefit and according to the relevant conditions of eligibility, recipients may also be entitled to a special vehicle, reimbursement for wheelchair costs, a loan for the purchase of a vehicle, and/or other benefits.
- Mobility benefit recipients must be Israeli residents currently living in Israel.
- In order to be recognized as an eligible benefit recipient, one must first appear before a Ministry of Health medical committee.
- The medical committee examines individuals with disabilities and determines if they suffer from one of the impairments included in the Mobility Agreement (a detailed list of the impairments is found in Appendix A of the agreement).
- The medical committee determines the individual's rate of disability.
- The rate of disability determined by the committee has significance when eligibility for benefits is being examined.
- The rate of disability also entitles the following benefit recipients a discount on new vehicle taxes:
- Those with 40% disability or higher who have a driver's license.
- Those with 60% disability or higher who do not have a driver's license.
- Moreover, National Insurance Institute mobility benefits are calculated according to the rate of disability.
- Mobility benefits are doubled for recipients who work unless their rate of disability is higher than 80%.
- Those with a rate of disability higher than 80% receive the benefit at a rate of 100%, and this amount will remain the same even if the recipient does not work.
- Recipients are entitled to replace their vehicle every 42 months.
- The National Insurance Institute is permitted to require the recipient to be re-examined by a medical committee prior to receiving a new vehicle.
Laws & Regulations
- The National Insurance Law - section 9
- Mobility Benefit Agreement Formulated and Signed on 15 Sivan 5737 (1 June 1977) on the National Insurance Institute website
- English translation and maintenance by The Shira Pransky Project.