Kela’s allowances

Enerkemi serves as its members’ Kela office in processing benefits in accordance with the Health Insurance Act, as well as providing advice on such benefits.

Members will receice a new Kela card with the fund’s identifier (46001).

Sickness allowance

The sickness allowance is paid as compensation for loss of income due to incapacity for work lasting less than a full year.

You need a medical certificate to qualify for sickness allowance. Sickness allowance is usually available for up to 60 working days if based on a medical certificate A. Following the 60 days, payment can continue only if the recipient can present a medical certificate B or other statement about the incapacity for work. Recipients may be asked to provide further documentation even before the 60-day period is over.

Sickness allowance is available after completing a specified waiting period. The waiting period usually consists of the first day of illness and the following nine working days.

Sickness allowance is payable for a maximum of 300 working days (about a year). It can be paid until the end of the month preceding the month in which you would reach the 300-day limit. Generally, all days during the past two years on which you were entitled to sickness allowance from Kela count towards the total time for which you can receive sickness allowance. Included are also days in which you are unfit for work but for which you have not been paid sickness allowance for example because of low annual income.

Up-to-date information about allowance benefits is available on Kela’s website through the following links:

 

You can apply for the allowance via Kela’s online service (eServices) or by mailing your application to the fund. Applications filed and messages sent via Kela’s online service are automatically forwarded to Enerkemi.

Kela’s calculators for sickness allowance benefits

Parental allowances

Kela offers financial assistance to families starting from pregnancy and during various types of family leave. Family leaves are based on the Employment Contracts Act.

Parents can get

  • maternity and special maternity allowance
  • paternity allowance
  • parental allowance
  • partial parental allowance

 

The maternity leave can begin 50-30 working days before the expected due date. You can choose when to start the leave. Maternity allowance is paid for 105 working days during the maternity leave.

If you come in contact in your work with radiation, chemical agents or infectious disease, you can stay away from work as soon as the pregnancy is confirmed. You get a special maternity allowance during this time.

Paternity allowance is payable during the paternity leave for 54 working days. Up to 18 days of that can consist of a period in which both the father and the mother stay at home.

The parental leave begins after the maternity leave. Either the mother or the father can take a parental leave, or the parents can take turns. During the parental leave, Kela pays a parental allowance for 158 working days.

The parents can also work part-time and look after the child for half a day in turns. For this period, Kela pays partial parental allowance to both parents.

Up-to-date information about allowance benefits is available on Kela’s website through the following links:

Maternity allowance

Please note that you must provide the Enerkemi Insurance Fund with a certificate of a postnatal examination in order to receive parental allowance. You can get such a certificate from your child health clinic.

Paternity allowance

Parental allowance

Please note that, in addition to submitting the Kela compensation application, you must inform your employer about your leave.

Special care allowance

The special care allowance is a compensation for loss of income available in situations where a person providing for a sick or disabled child under the age of 16 years is unable to do their regular work because of the need to participate in the treatment or rehabilitation of their child.

The age of the child, the place of care, the severity of the illness, and the stage of treatment all affect the award of the special care allowance.

A claim for the special care allowance must be accompanied by a medical certificate on form D identifying the child’s illness and attesting to the need of the child’s provider to participate in the care.

To qualify for the special care allowance, the child’s provider must

  • participate in the care of a child under the age of 7 in a hospital or outpatient clinic
  • participate in the hospital or outpatient treatment or rehabilitation of a child, who is between 7 and 15 years of age and severely ill
  • participate in the rehabilitation of a child, who is between 0 and 15 years of age (a statement detailing the rehabilitation may be submitted instead of a medical certificate on form D)
  • look after a child, who is under 16 and severely ill, at home as part of a hospital or outpatient treatment plan
  • is on call while their child attends school or daycare on a trial basis in connection with a diagnosed serious illness.

 

You can get special care allowance for the care and rehabilitation of a biological or adopted child. It can also be granted for the care and rehabilitation of your spouse’s or partner’s child or some other child if you effectively act as the child’s provider.

Up-to-date information about allowance benefits is available on Kela’s website through the following links:

Special care allowance

Kela’s calculators for sickness allowance benefits

Special care allowance amount

Special entitlement to reimbursement on medicine expences

Up-to-date information about allowance benefits is available on Kela’s website through the following links:

https://www.kela.fi/web/en/medicine-expenses-special-reimbursement

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