Who is disability status determined by?
Disability status of a person is determined by the Medical-Social Examination Agency (MSEA) of the Republic of Armenia and regional Medical-Social Examination Commissions (MSEC) adjacent to the RA Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs. There are 25 Medical-Social Examination Commissions across Armenia, three of which are specialized ones: ophthalmologic, psychiatric and pediatric.
How is carried out the medical-social examination for determination of disability status of a person?
Medical-social examination is carried out by the MSEC that provides services in the area where a person due to undergo an examination is registered or actually resides. In order to undergo medical-social examination an individual must submit a written application addressed to the Chairman of the Commission and present his/her passport. If the person due to undergo an examination cannot submit his/her document in person, that can be done by his/her representative. If the application is submitted by the representative than he/she should also present his/her passport. Birth-certificate and the passport of one of the parents or guardian should be presented for children below 16.
Medical documents confirming health disorder conditioned by disruption of the stable functions of body which leads to an illness or injury should be attached to the application for undergoing medical-social examination. If the application is submitted for the first time, referral document /form 88/ provided by the medical organization where the individual is receiving a treatment should also be submitted. The referral document should state the diagnosis, and provide description of results of applied treatments and measures for rehabilitation.
If a person is unable to present himself at the venue of the examination due to his/her health status and had made a note about that in his/her application, then the Commission may carry out the medical-social examination at a venue where the applicant is located (residence venue or hospital).
How is carried out the medical-social examination of a person without an address registration in Armenia or citizens of foreign countries?
Persons without address registration in Armenia may undergo medical-social examination by presenting a reference document from the venue of their actual residence. Citizens of foreign countries may undergo medical-social examination in Armenia if the Republic of Armenia has signed a corresponding inter-governmental agreement with their home country.
How is carried out the medical-social examination of a person with disabilities if he/she is outside of the territory of the Republic of Armenia in order to receive treatment?
If a person with disabilities is outside of the territory of the Republic of Armenia in order to receive treatment, then based on the application of the person with disabilities or his/her representative long-distance medical-social examination is carried out based on previous documents of medical-social examinations and documents provided by the medical organization where the person with disabilities receives treatment.
How and when is the decision on assigning a disability status conveyed to a person?
The Chairman of the Commission voices the decision of the Commission in the presence of the person who had undergone the medical-social examination or his/her representative. The decision of the Commission on not assigning disability status to the individual should be submitted to the applicant or his/her representative in three days time.
What status is assigned to a person as a result of the medical-social examination?
A person whose disability status has been determined by the regional Medical-Social Examination Commission is assigned to disability Group I, Group II or Group III. Children below 18 are assigned a status of "disabled child".
For which period of time is determined the disability status of a person?
Disability of Group I is assigned for a period of two years, disability of Group II and Group III are assigned for one year period. Status of "disabled child" is assigned for a period of two years or until turning 18.
When is carried out re-examination of disability status of a person?
Re-examination of disability status of a person is carried upon expiration of the term of the assigned disability Group status or "disabled child" status, in case of deterioration of his/her health status or findings of falsifications in the documents serving basis for the decision made by the Medical-Social Examination Commission, as well as based on the application of the person with disability (or his/her representative) or based on court decision.
In which cases is assigned an indefinite disability status?
Indefinite disability status is assigned:
a) for individuals of retirement age as envisaged by law,
b) in case if there is no perspective for rehabilitation measures and no possibility to eradicate or reduce social vulnerability of a person with disabilities as a result of irreversible structural changes and functional disruption of body organs or organ-systems, which leads to stable activity limitations due to health disorders,
c) if undertaken rehabilitation measures have proven to be inefficient, which leads to a need of continuous social protection of a person with disabilities (in case of supervision of relevant authorized state bodies in the field of medical-social examination for at least 7 years).
DISABILITY PENSIONS, WELFARE PAYMENTS, SUPPORT
Who has a right to receive disability pension?
Disability pension is granted to an individual who had been assigned disability status by an authorized state body carrying out medical-social examination (regional medical-social examination commission) on the basis of person’s
a) incapacity to work or occupational illness regardless of insurance standing,
b) general illness, childhood illness, disabilities resulting in natural, man-caused or other disasters, if at the time of disability status determination the person had the following insurance standing:
|26 – 30
|30 and above
How are disability pension payments made in case if the assigned disability group has been changed?
In case if the assigned disability group has been changed the new pension payment is be made starting from the first day of the month following the change in the status.
Until when is the pension paid if a person has not been assigned a disability status as a result of re-examination?
If a person has not been assigned a disability status as a result of re-examination, disability pension is paid until the end of the month of expiration of the term of the disability status.
What is the procedure of payments of funeral pension for a person with disabilities?
The sum of the funeral pension due for payment is 25 times the actual pension (200, 000 AMD). The payment is made upon submission of application and relevant documents to the regional Social Protection Center within 6 months after the death of a person with disabilities. The payment is made during one month after the submission of the application.
Is funeral pension paid in case of death of a person with a disability status who had not applied for receiving a pension?
As envisaged by law, funeral pension is paid for a person who had been assigned a disability status by an authorized medical-social examination state body but had not applied for receiving a pension if the death has occurred within three month of determination of the disability status.
Is funeral pension paid in case of death of a person the term of whose disability status has expired?
As envisaged by law, funeral pension is paid in case of death of a person the term of whose disability status had expired and who had not been re-examined, if the death has occurred within three month of expiration of his/her disability status.
What support is provided to military servicemen with disabilities?
Financial support of 9100 AMD per month is provided to military servicemen who had acquired a disability (to pay for natural gas and water supply and to cover transportation costs).
What amount of financial means is envisaged for disability pensions of the military servicemen?
Disability pension of military servicemen is granted in the following amounts:
a) servicemen assigned to disability Group I receive 70 percent of the amount of financial means envisaged for monthly pecuniary satisfaction and food reimbursement but not less than 200 percent of the amount of basic pension (5800 AMD) envisaged by the legislation of the Republic of Armenia,
b) servicemen assigned to disability Group II receive 60 percent of the amount of financial means envisaged for monthly pecuniary satisfaction and food reimbursement, but not less than 150 percent of the basic pension,
c) servicemen assigned to disability Group III receive 40 percent of the amount of financial means envisaged for monthly pecuniary satisfaction and food reimbursement, but not less than the basic pension.
MEDICAL, OCCUPATIONAL AND SOCIAL REHABILITATION
What measures does rehabilitation of people with disabilities imply?
Rehabilitation of people with disabilities includes medical, occupational and social measures which are aimed at elimination of the activity limitation of the person with disabilities or possible reimbursement (prosthetic and orthopedic equipment, rehabilitation devices or other adaptive equipment). Rehabilitation measures are undertaken in order to restore health, occupation and social status of a person with disabilities which promotes material and social independence of a person with disabilities, participation in all aspects of public life and equal rights.
What is an individual rehabilitation plan of a person with disabilities?
Volume, types and timeframe of the rehabilitation measures, types of social support, necessary labor conditions, as well as types of technical means and services conditioned by activity limitation of a person are defined in the individual rehabilitation plan. Individual rehabilitation plan (IRP) is drawn on the day when the disability status of a person is determined by the Medical-Social Examination Commission. IRP is sent to the relevant regional Social Services Agency within 10 days time. People with disabilities have a right to renounce a specific type or volume of a rehabilitative measure envisaged by their individual rehabilitation plan, as well as they may renounce their entire plan.
Which bodies provide occupational rehabilitation support?
Occupational rehabilitation support is provided at
a) "State Employment Service" Agency of the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs of the Republic of Armenia and its regional branches,
b) vocational education and higher education facilities,
c) organizations providing trainings for raising the level of skills of employees.
What documents should be submitted for receiving prosthetic and orthopedic equipment, rehabilitation devices and other adaptive equipment?
In order to receive prosthetic and orthopedic equipment and rehabilitation devices a person should apply to an organization and present the following documents:
- identification document (for children below 16 birth certificate, as well as an identification document of one of his/her parents or legal guardian should be presented),
- document stating the corresponding status,
- individual rehabilitation plan if applying for the first time,
- Reference of an audiologist for receiving a hearing aid,
- Reference of relevant specialized medical organizations for optical and vocal cord prostheses.
Prosthetic and orthopedic equipment, rehabilitation devices and other adaptive equipment are provided free of charge.
Who and for what period of time is provided with a wheelchair?
A wheelchair is provided to people assigned to disability Group I and children with disabilities below 18 in correspondence with their individual rehabilitation plans. A wheelchair is provided to a person with disabilities for three years time.
Who is provided with a free of charge hearing aid?
- People with disabilities based on their individual rehabilitation plans and reference of an audiologist,
- People eligible for age pension based on reference of an audiologist,
- Children below 18 based on reference of an audiologist.
Who has a right to receive free of charge medication?
People assigned to disability Group I and Group II and children with disabilities have a right to receive free of charge medication. People assigned to disability Group II have a right to receive medication with 50 percent discount.
What kind of domestic services are provided for people with disabilities?
People living alone assigned to disability Group I and Group II and families with members assigned to disability Group I and Group II who do not have an adult and capable of working family member are provided with domestic and primary medical support, as well as psychological and legal consultancy.
What privileges do people with disabilities have for entering educational facilities?
People with disabilities who have not failed entrance exams have a primary right to receive free of charge education at state and licensed non-state higher or vocational education facilities if they have received passing scores qualifying them for receiving paid education.
When is a person with disability transferred from free-of-charge education system to the paid system?
Children with disabilities studying free of charge at state higher and vocational education facilities are transferred to the paid education system if upon turning 18 they are not assigned a disability status.
In which case is a person transferred from the paid education system to the free-of-charge system?
Those studying at paid education system at state higher and vocational education facilities who have been assigned a status of "disabled child" or to a disability Group I and Group II are transferred to the free-of-charge system of the given educational facility.
What employment guarantees does a person with disability have?
No trial period is envisaged for a hired person with disabilities. Refusal to sign a contract or promote a person with disabilities, firing by an initiative of the management or transfer to another work due to his/her disability is not permitted with an exception of those cases when according to the conclusion of the bodies of medical-social examination the health status of a person hinders execution of his/her professional duties or threatens health and work safety of other people. The management is not allowed to fire people undergoing medical, occupational and social rehabilitation at relevant institutions. In case of cuts in number of employees or positions people with disabilities have an advantage of keeping their position while demonstrating similar productivity and qualifications as other employees.
What workload is envisaged for people assigned to disability Group I and Group II?
It is defined reduced work time for disabled people of the I and II group: not more than 36 hours a week.