The INSS (Instituto Nacional do Seguro Social) suspended the performance of the expertise to review the sickness aid, due to the increase in cases of Covid-19 in the country. The decision was published in the Official Gazette on Tuesday (11) and took effect on January 12.
The INSS and the SPMF (Subsecretariat of Federal Medical Expertise) determined the suspension of the expertise “in order to face the public health emergency of international importance arising from the coronavirus pandemic (Covid-19)”, according to the statement published in the Official Gazette. .
In August 2021, the INSS’s fine-tooth comb operation summoned 170,000 beneficiaries of temporary disability aid (sickness allowance) for expertise.
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In September, the INSS again summoned more than 95,000 policyholders, who had not been located by the agency or responded to the summons until then, to schedule the expertise until November 11th. More than 10,000 policyholders in the state of São Paulo were in this situation.
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The summons determined suspension of payment of the benefit if the insured did not schedule the expertise within the deadline or did not appear on the scheduled date. Payment could be cut permanently after 60 days of suspension.
The suspension of forensic examinations, published this week, does not apply to the task forces of medical expertise that were already scheduled and with trips defined by the SPMF, according to the statement.