A Mobility Benefit provides various benefits to those who have been defined as having "limited mobility" according to the Mobility Agreement signed by the Ministry of Finance and the National Insurance Institute.
Who is Eligible?
- To be entitled to a Mobility Benefit an individual must meet all of the following conditions:
- They are an Israeli resident who is residing in Israel (in certain circumstances they may be able to continue receiving the mobility benefit abroad).
- They are between the ages of 3 and the retirement for a Mobility Benefit (67 years old for those born after 5/1942 (see below for details).
- A medical committee or Ministry of Health medical appeals committee has established a degree of limited mobility due to an impairment in the legs in accordance with the List of Defined Impairments and:
- If they have a valid driver's license, at least 40% limited mobility has been established
- If they do not have a valid driver's license, at least 60% limited mobility has been established and they have an authorized driver who transports them.
- The National Insurance Institute approves Mobility Benefits for two or more siblings if each of them has at least 80% limited mobility and they live in the same home even if they are not yet 3 years old.
- Under certain circumstances, eligibility for the benefit after reaching retirement age may continue for those who received it before reaching retirement age. For more information, see: Mobility Benefit After Retirement Age.
Those Entitled to the Special Services Benefit (Attendance Allowance)
- A recipient of the Special Services Benefit (Attendance Allowance) who is also entitled to a mobility benefit will need to choose one of them, unless one of the following conditions applies:
Those Entitled to a Disabled Child Benefit
- A recipient of the Disabled Child Benefit who is also entitled to a mobility benefit will need to choose one of them, unless one of the following conditions applies:
- The recipient has been designated with at least an 80% mobility disability
- The medical committee has established that the recipient requires and uses a wheelchair
- In any case, refer to the the disabled child division of the branch managing this case, in order to verify that receiving the mobility benefits do not have a negative impact on the benefits from the disabled child benefit framework.
Who is Not Eligible?
- A person is not eligible for a stipend if as a result of his disability he is eligible for payment for the maintenance of a vehicle, or cost participation in mobility expenses, or he is eligible for a full or partial exemption from taxes on the vehicle, according to one of the following laws:
Retirement Age for Purposes of Calculating a Mobility Benefit
- Retirement ages for purposes of calculating a Mobility Benefit are the same for men and women and are established according to birth date:
- For those born before 6/1939, retirement age is 65.
- For those born 7/1939 - 8/1939, retirement age is 65 and 4 months.
- For those born 9/1939 - 4/1940, retirement age is 65 and 8 months.
- For those born 5/1940 - 12/1940, retirement age is 66.
- For those born 1/1941 - 8/1941, retirement age is 66 and 4 months.
- For those born 9/1941 - 4/1942, retirement age is 66 and 4 months.
- For those born after 5/1942, retirement age is 67.
List of Defined Impairments
- The List of Defined Impairments in the Legs for purposes of establishing Mobility Benefit eligibility are defined and detailed on the National Insurance Institute website, and they are:
- In addition to the listing on the National Insurance Institute website, the List of Defined Impairments is also detailed on the Mobility Benefit Medical Examination Request Form.
How to Claim It?
- After a decision is received by the Medical Committee for Determining Limited Mobility a claim must be submitted to the National Insurance Institute in order to receive the benefits included in the mobility allowance.
- For details on the claim process, see: Submitting a Mobility Benefit Claim.
- Individuals whose Mobility Benefit claim has been rejected by the National Insurance Institute may submit an appeal. For more information, see: Appealing a National Insurance Institute Decision.
- For a comprehensive categorized listing of healthcare organizations offering assistance and support for people with disabilities, see People with Disabilities/Aid Organizations.
Laws and Regulations
- English translation and maintenance by The Shira Pransky Project.