Benefit for Assistance Services for Persons with Group I Visual Disability
- people who have been diagnosed with Group I visual disability by the Health and Work Ability Expertise Commission;
- people not receiving assistance services within the framework of the European Union policy tools;
- people not receiving the state benefit for a disabled person in need of care.
A person with Group I visual disability is entitled to draw benefit to use an assistant, to choose personally a specific assistant, and the person is not obliged to account to the State Social Insurance Agency (SSIA) for the services provided by an assistant.
If SSIA provided a benefit to a person with Group I visual disability for assistance services for 10 hours a week, but the person needs assistance services more than 10 hours a week, the person is entitled to request and to receive assistance services exceeding 10 hours a week in the municipality, but assistance services received in both parts should not exceed 40 hours a week.
The benefit is granted as of the day, when the applicant for the benefit has submitted an application to a department of the SSIA and it is granted for a term, for which the Group I visual disability has been diagnosed for the person.
The procedure of granting and payment of the benefit, as well as the amount of the benefit is set out in the Cabinet Regulation No. 698 of 10 November 2014 “Regulations Regarding the Benefit for Assistance Services for Persons with Group I Visual Disability”.
The benefits’ claiming rules
Grounds for awarding the benefit:
- Application for receiving the benefit.
An application you can submit in one of the divisions of the State Social Insurance Agency (SSIA):
- sent by post or submit by a notary authorized person’s intermediation.
By signing the application, the person requesting the benefit confirms that the information provided in the application is accurate.
Information on Group I visual disability diagnosed for the person is received by the SSIA from the Heaalth and Work Ability Expertise Commission.
The benefit may be requested through an authorised person, provided that the representation rights have been granted in accordance with Article 38 Paragraph one of the Administrative Procedure Law. Representation of a natural person shall be drawn up as a notarised power of attorney, or a natural person may authorise his or her representative at the VSAA office, if both the representative and the authorising person are present.
Conditions for the disbursement of the benefits
The payment of the benefit is discontinued:
- for a period of time, when the recipient of the benefit is placed in a state, municipal or private long-term social care or social rehabilitation institution;
- for a period of time, when the recipient of the benefit is imprisoned;
- for a period of time, when the recipient of the benefit is placed in an in-patient hospital to receive in-patient health care services (if the recipient has been in the institution for a week, namely, 7 days);
- if the recipient of the benefit leaves the Republic of Latvia to permanently live abroad;
- if the recipient of the benefit waives the right to receive the benefit.
The rates of the benefits
The amount of the benefit is 17.07 euro a week (for 10 hours a week).
Time for decision
The decision on granting or rejecting the benefit is made by the SSIA within a month after the reception of the documents.
Receipt of the benefit
The benefit is paid once a month for the previous month and it is transferred to the recipient’s account free of charge.