How to apply for disability allowance for persons under 16 years

Disability allowance for persons under 16 years is awarded for the child. Applications can be submitted on the child’s behalf by either guardian. The guardians must agree which of them will apply and which account the allowance should be paid into.

Applications for the disability allowance for persons under 16 years cannot be made in the OmaKela e-service. The application and the supporting documents must be sent to Kela by mail or delivered to a Kela service point.

  1. Complete and print out the form Disability allowance for persons under 16 years (EV 258e, PDF). Continued payment of the allowance and increased allowance are applied for on the same form. Remember to file an application for continued payment in time.
  2. Enclose a medical statement C describing the child’s current health status (or other equivalent medical documentation). The statement must have been issued within the last six months.
  3. Send the application and the supporting documents to Kela, PL 10, 00056 Kela. You can also hand it in at a Kela service point.

Disability allowance for persons under 16 years cannot be claimed online. It is currently not possible to manage the affairs of another person in the OmaKela e-service. You can handle matters related to the disability allowance for persons under 16 years by mail, by phone or by visiting a Kela service point.

When to apply

Kela can award the allowance retrospectively for a maximum of six months.

To avoid interruptions in the payment of the allowance, file your application for continued payment and related documents in good time. Applications for continued payment of the disability allowance should be filed within six months of the end of the previous payment period. Please note that Kela will need the written consent of the guardian to whom the allowance was previously paid before payments can be switched to the other guardian.

A new medical statement is usually needed for an application for increased benefit

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