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What happens in Italy if you are a worker suffering from chronic physical and/or mental incapacity? What are the benefits provided by the Italian Government in this case?
In cash and in-kind, the benefits are provided by the Italian welfare system to support workers suffering from chronic physical and/or mental incapacity, which prevents them from being self-sufficient and, therefore, makes it impossible to provide for themselves.
Civil incapacity and long-term care benefits are granted to entitled disabled persons, in the form of:
You are entitled to civil incapacity and long-term care benefits if you meet the following conditions:
These benefits are granted to you based on your economic circumstances and are provided in-kind and/or cash benefits. Except for the constant attendance allowance (Assegno di accompagnamento), communication allowance for the deaf-mutes (Indennità di comunicazione per sordomuti) and special allowance for partially blind persons (Prestazioni per ciechi parziali),
What conditions do you need to meet?
Your entitlement to cash benefits as a disabled person, except for the carer allowance, communication for the deaf assistance and particular advantage for the partially blind, is based on your income.
You are entitled to the total cash benefits if your income does not exceed certain limits.
You must also meet the following requirements:
Entitlement to these benefits is subject to assess your degree of self-sufficiency by a mixed medical and legal board, made up of doctors representing both the local health authorities and the INPS, which may also carry out subsequent checks.
What are you entitled to, and how can you claim?
You may be entitled to the following cash benefits depending on your case.
The cash benefits provided if you are a disabled person are:
Cash benefits are also provided in the form of a VAT reduction on:
The law determines the amounts of cash benefits on an annual basis.
Benefits in kind include:
From 1 January 2010, you must submit your claim for civil incapacity benefits and your medical certificate to the INPS, which shall proceed to forward it electronically to the competent LHA. Submission of the claim, on your behalf or by other authorised subjects (Patronati - Employees organisations or Disability Rights Associations) is made in 2 phases:
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I'm Natalia Bertelli, an English/Spanish to Italian legal translator. Since 2008 I have been working on contracts, judicial deeds, certificates, corporate translations for foreign clients who want to do business in Italy, get a dual citizenship or simply settle in my beautiful country.