What are the benefits of Bituach Leumi for children?
Benefits of Bituach Leumi for children include:
- Health insurance coverage, including free kupat cholim
- Kitzvat yeladim (child allowance) ‒ monthly stipend for parents
- Chisachon l’kol yeled (savings for every child) – monthly savings deposit for each child
Adding Israeli children to an existing plan
Israeli children are automatically registered with Bituach Leumi as soon as they have a mispar zehut (Israeli ID number). Children of foreign citizens must be registered manually. There is no extra fee for adding children to a family plan. At age 18, children must register with Bituach Leumi as adults and pay separately.
Adding a Non-Israeli Child to an Existing Plan
When a child is born, arranging proper medical insurance should be top priority. Parents must notify their kupat cholim of the birth as soon as possible. Prior to obtaining Bituach Leumi, the newborn may be added to Kupat Cholim as a passport holder. However, this provides coverage which is not comprehensive. Furthermore, children born with any medical issue- even a minor one- are likely to be rejected if they do not have Bituach Leumi. See our guide on Kupat Cholim for details.
In order to register your child for Bituach Leumi, they are required to have a foreign passport as well as a valid visa. Please see our guides on these matters.
Please note: one cannot register a child for Bituach Leumi until AFTER both parents were accepted.
To register a child for Bituach Leumi, submit the online application here.
You must obtain Dapei Knisot V’Yetziot for all family members from Misrad HaPnim which must be submitted with your request. See more on Dapei Knisot V’Yetziot here.
To obtain a daf knisot v’yetziot, every adult applying must go to Misrad Hapnim. It is only issued to an adult (age 18+) who is present. Children do not need to come. You do not need an appointment and can go during any of their opening hours (Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 8:00 am-12:00 pm; Monday and Wednesday afternoons 2:30 pm–5:00 pm.) The daf knisot v’yetziot is printed free of charge.
Please note: if you need three or more dapei knisot v’yetziot printed at once, it is recommended that you make an appointment in advance on myvisit.com for any of the services under “teud biometry”. Tell the clerk at the information desk that you have an appointment and he will give you the appropriate number.
Note: Although a Daf Knisot V’yetziot is officially required for all family members, Bituach Leumi may accept the application without the Daf Knisot V’Yetziot for one of the parents.
- Please note: When applying for multiple family members, a separate form must be submitted on behalf of each person. After completing each page, click on לשלב הבא to continue to the next step.
- In Step 2, you will be asked for the subject of your request: אני מגיש את הטופס עבור נושא. Choose: תלמיד ישיבה או בן משפחתו המבקשים לקבוע תושבות וחברות בקופת חולים, מיועד לבעלי אשרות א/2/A א/4/A.
- You will then need to select on whose behalf you are submitting this application: choose “child”. You should enter the applicant’s details and the details of the applicant’s parents. Note: If you (the parents) are existing members of Bituach Leumi, enter your 77 number from Bituach Leumi as your ID number, and choose מספר מזהה זמני בביטוח לאומי.
Based on the responses in your application, you will be given a list of documents which need to be uploaded.
At this time you can also upload these completed forms to apply for Kitzvat Yeladim and Maanak Laida. If you have already received Maanak Laida, you can upload the letter or a note stating that you have already received this grant.
After uploading all of the required documentation, you may submit the request. It takes about 2-4 weeks to receive a reply.
Note that there is a reference number in the top right corner of your application called סימוכין: Save this number! You can save your request before it is complete by clicking on the word שמירה at the top of the page. After verifying your phone number and email address, you will be given a code with which you can access the form at a later time.
For technical assistance (with uploading documents etc.), call 1299. To inquire about the status of your request, call *6050 (Sunday through Thursday 8:00 am – 7:00 pm).
You will probably be contacted by email with confirmation of your child’s acceptance and his new ID number which will begin with 77.
Registering for Kupat Cholim through Bituach Leumi
Children’s kupat cholim files will generally be updated automatically with their new Bituach Leumi member status once their acceptance has been finalized. You should receive a new kupat cholim card for your child in the mail within a few weeks of Bituach Leumi acceptance. Speak to a kupat cholim secretary to confirm that your child’s old account information, and his or her supplementary insurance membership, if applicable, has been merged into the new account.