BENEFITS

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Welfare Benefit for HIV+ People

This benefit is part of the scheme for financial support of people suffering from Hemolytic anemia, Thalassemia, Hemophilia (G4/F 167/2073/1982 Joint Ministerial Decision, FEK 872 part B 25.11.1994, FEK 1271 part B 28.5.2013). The surveillance authority of the benefit policy is the General Secretariat of Welfare/ Ministry of Labor, Social Insurance and Welfare. The benefit is provided by the Social Welfare Department of each municipality.

Beneficiaries – Requirements

Entitled for the benefit are all Greek citizens, Cypriot nationals, citizens of E.U member-states, refugees with political asylum, those being in subsidiary protection status and those having residence permit on humanitarian grounds only if they reside permanently in Greece and don’t receive a benefit for their condition from the State or another organization in Greece or abroad. A certification of their condition from KEPA with degree of disability of at least 50% is required.

Who should I contact for the benefit?

You should go to the Social Welfare Department of your municipality or to one Public Service Spots (SED).

What documentation is required?

  1. Application of the claimant or of his legal representative
  2. Proof of the permanent residence such as recent bill from the telecommunication company (O.T.E), electricity company (D.E.I), water supply company (E.Y.D.A.P) or landlord covenant
  3. Photocopy of the income tax return form
  4. Marital status certificate
  5. Photocopy of I.D card (the original should be displayed)
  6. If available, photocopy of the health booklet, the page with your photo and the last validation (the original should be displayed)
  7. If available, a pension statement
  8. Solemn Declaration of Law 1599/86 of the beneficiary or the person responsible for the collection, where the following should be stated:
    a) The permanent residence and the family structure the beneficiary is member of.
    b) The beneficiary doesn’t receive for the same reason other financial support or pension from any other source of the home country or a foreign one.
    c) The Service will be instantly notified in the case of travelling abroad for a time period longer than six months, change in the place of residence, retirement or death.
    d) The financial support will be used exclusively to cover the needs of the beneficiary.
    e) Who will collect the benefit.
  9. In case of an underage person, a solemn declaration of Law 1599/86 of the parent accepting his/her spouse to collect the child’s benefit, which should be certified for the authenticity of the signature.
  10. Social Security Number (AMKA) of the beneficiary and the benefit collector
  11. Tax Registration Number (TRN) of the beneficiary and the benefit collector
  12. The IBAN number of a bank account in which the beneficiary is the account holder
  13. KEPA Health Committee’s decision (degree of disability of at least 50%)

Attention! If you have Cypriot citizenship, you are citizen of an E.U member-state or political refugee you will also need:

  1. Photocopy of the passport or the political refugee card
  2. Certification from the equivalent organization in your country stating you don’t already receive a benefit for your condition

What is the amount of the benefit?

€697 per month and it is given every 2 months.

Attention! If the beneficiary remains abroad for more than 6 months he should inform the Welfare Department so as to stop receiving the benefit.

Financial Support to People with Severe Disability

Asylum Seekers

According to Presidential Decree 220 20/11/07 (FEK 251, article12, par.2) in cases of asylum seekers( who do not stay in reception centers) with degree of disability 67% and higher, a severe disability benefit will be provided by the Welfare Departments, which amounts to €313 per month and it is given every 2 months.

This benefit can be claimed by HIV+ asylum seekers as well, by following the KEPA certification process. The applicant is required not to work, not to be entitled to an old-age or disability pension by an insurance institution and not to already receive a benefit for his condition by any organization in Greece or abroad.

HIV+ people with additional disabilities

HIV+ people are entitled to the severe disability benefit when they suffer from additional conditions and when the total degree of disability is 67% and higher.

For example when an HIV+ person has 40% disability for HIV, 30% for psychiatric problems and 37% for orthopedic problems the total degree of disability is 75%. Although this person cannot receive the seropositivity benefit since he doesn’t have 50% disability for HIV, he can receive the severe disability benefit.

Requirements

  1. Indirectly insured spouses (by the living spouse) who don’t receive financial help from any other source for their disability. The indirectly insured spouses who receive pension after their partner’s death are considered directly insured and thus they are excluded.
  2. Indirectly insured children (dependent) who don’t receive financial support for their disability higher than the amount of the severe disability benefit.
  3. Children who, after the death of their guardian, receive pension, whose amount is smaller or equal to the amount of the severe disability benefit.
  4. Directly insured who don’t have the requirements for retirement from their insurance fund (those having debts in their insurance funds are included)
  5. Uninsured – those having poverty booklet.
  6. Uninsured old-aged of O.G.A.

Documentation for Severe Disability Benefit

  1. Application of the claimant or of his legal representative
  2. Certificate from insurance institutions (I.K.A, T.E.V.E, O.G.A, T.A.E, N.A.T) that the claimant is uninsured and in case he isn’t if he fulfills the requirements for a disability or an old-age pension and if not the reasons for that (asked automatically by the Service)
  3. In case you were born in Albania, a translated from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs certificate that you aren’t eligible for a benefit or pension
  4. Pension statement for the uninsured old-aged of O.G.A
  5. Photocopy of the income tax return form (the original should be displayed)
  6. Marital status certificate
  7. Photocopy of I.D cards of the beneficiary and the benefit collector (the originals should be displayed)
  8. Photocopy of the health booklet, the page with your photograph and the last validation (the original should be displayed)
  9. Pension statement
  10. Solemn Declaration of Law 1599/86 from the beneficiary or the person responsible for the collection where the following should be stated:
    a) The permanent residence and the family structure the beneficiary is member of.
    b) The beneficiary doesn’t receive for the same reason other financial support or pension from any other source of the home country or a foreign one.
    c) The Service will be instantly notified in the case of travelling abroad for a time period longer than six months, change in the place of residence, retirement or death.
    d) The financial support will be used exclusively to cover the needs of the beneficiary.
    e) The beneficiary is uninsured or indirectly insured or directly insured without insurance requirements.
    f) Who will collect the benefit.
  11. In case of an underage person, a solemn declaration of Law 1599/86 of the parent accepting his /her spouse to collect the child’s benefit, which should be certified for the authenticity of the signature
  12. Social Security Number (AMKA) of the beneficiary and the benefit collector
  13. Tax Registration Number (TRN) of the beneficiary and the benefit collector
  14. The IBAN number of a bank account in which the beneficiary is the account holder
  15. Asylum seeker card
  16. The certificate from the KEPA Primary Heath Committee
  17. Photocopy of the income tax return form or a solemn declaration that you don’t file a tax return, certified by the Internal Revenue Service
  18. Photocopy of the health booklet
  19. Unemployment Card
  20. Social Security Number (AMKA)
  21. Photocopy of the first page of the bank or post office passbook
  22. KEPA certificate where the condition and the degree of disability of 67% and higher are stated