To avoid experiencing a gap in financial support during a medical leave, it’s important to apply for disability benefits as soon as you know you may not be able to return to work when your sick leave runs out. If your application package is completed in a timely manner and your disability claim is approved, disability payments will begin when your accumulated sick-leave payments end.
To apply for disability benefits, follow these four steps:
Step 1: Call an Income Continuance Plan disability case consultant at 306-373-1660 or 1-800-667-7762 and ask for an application package.
The disability case consultant will explain the application process and send you an application package, which includes the following forms:
- Statement of Claimant
- Direct Deposit form
- Physician’s Report
- Statement of Employer
The support provided by our disability case consultants helps to ensure all forms are completed correctly and in a timely manner. These forms are not available online.
Step 2: Fill in the Statement of Claimant and Direct Deposit forms.
Step 3: Take the Physician’s Report to your doctor for completion and have your school board complete the Statement of Employer. Many school boards have an electronic copy of this form.
Step 4: Submit all four completed forms to the Income Continuance Plan for review by the Claims Committee.
Review of your claim by the Claims Committee could take several weeks, depending on when you submit your forms (see Adjudication of Claims below). You will be notified of the Committee’s decision by letter within two weeks after their meeting date.
Adjudication of Claims
Completed applications will be reviewed and adjudicated by the Claims Committee, which meets each month to assess applications received by the 10th of the preceding month. For example, if your application forms are received on October 3, the Committee will review your claim during their November meeting. If your forms are received on October 25, your claim will be reviewed during their December meeting.
The Claims Committee does not meet in July or August. Any claims received after May 10 will be reviewed the following September.
When initially determining if you are eligible for disability benefits, your claim will be assessed to determine if you are totally disabled from performing the duties of your own occupation. After 24 months, the definition of total disability changes and your claim must be reassessed to determine if you are unable to perform the duties of any gainful occupation, or any occupation to which you are reasonably suited by education, training or experience.
If your claim is approved, a letter outlining the terms of your disability benefits will be sent to you and benefit payments will start after your accumulated sick leave ends. Your claim will be reviewed on a regular basis to assess your ongoing entitlement to benefits.