The length of the period for which you have received a sickness allowance determines when you can claim a disability pension and the cash rehabilitation benefit. When you have received a sickness allowance for 150 days, Kela will notify you either of your rehabilitation opportunities or encourage you to claim a disability pension. You should submit your pension claim at this point to make sure that it can be processed before your right to a sickness allowance comes to an end.
The vocational rehabilitation benefit is always the first alternative before a disability pension. In connection with processing your claim for a disability pension, your pension provider will also assess whether you meet the criteria for rehabilitation within the earnings-related pension system. If you do, you will get a preliminary decision of your right to rehabilitation without having to apply for it separately.
Claim a disability pension from the earnings-related and the national pension schemes on the same form. Fill out the online claim form. Get started by clicking the button “Log in” You will be forwarded to your own pension provider’s application service.
If your own pension provider does not offer an online application service, you can fill out a paper from or print out a form (7002e) that you have filled out online.
Attach medical statement B, detailing your health, to your claim for a disability pension. To apply for a continuation to your rehabilitation allowance, you only need to submit medical statement B to the earnings-related pension provider that pays out the allowance.
The disability pension can be granted retroactively for a maximum of six months.
From a disability pension to an old-age pension
If you are on a disability pension, your disability pension will be automatically converted to an old-age pension of the same amount
- when you reach the retirement age of your age group if your disability began after 2016,
- at age 63 if your disability began between 2006 and 2016,
- at age 65 if your disability began before 2006.
Your partial disability pension is also converted into an old-age pension when you reach your retirement age, but at the same time its amount doubles, that is, becomes a full disability pension.
If you have worked while drawing a disability pension in 2005 or later, you have earned new pension funds for that work. You have to claim that pension separately as an old-age pension.