Until October 31, policyholders of the National Social Security Institute (INSS) will be able to apply for sickness benefit in advance in all locations in the country. So far, the procedure has been available only to those who lived more than 70 kilometers from an agency with medical expertise.
The novelty consists of a joint ordinance of the Special Secretariat for Social Security and Labor of the Ministry of Economy and the National Institute of Social Security (INSS) published today (29) in the Official Diary of the Union.
In a note, the Ministry of Economy explained that the change aims to better serve policyholders during the period of gradual return of face-to-face service at INSS branches. The resumption of face-to-face medical examinations began two weeks ago, but faces resistance from medical experts, who have not been on the job on the grounds that the agencies do not offer security to prevent infections with the new coronavirus.
In force since the beginning of the covid-19 pandemic, the anticipation of the sickness allowance allows the insured to receive up to a minimum wage (R $ 1,045) without having the benefit approved. Subsequently, the worker will be notified by the INSS to schedule a medical examination, which will definitively grant the aid and authorize the payment of the difference due, if the beneficiary is entitled to receive more than one minimum wage.
The advance request is optional. At the time of requesting sickness benefit, the insured person may choose to anticipate or proceed with the normal processing of the request, with medical expertise scheduled at an INSS unit with available scheduling.
In order to request the advance payment of the sickness benefit, the insured must send, through the Meu INSS application, the medical certificate and the declaration of responsibility for the documents presented. The certificate will undergo a conformity analysis by the medical expert to grant the advance if the requirements are met.