Additional cost allowance for adults
If you have additional costs as the result of a disability, you may be eligible for additional cost allowance. Additional costs are costs that are incurred due to your disability and go beyond what is customary for people of the same age. Försäkringskassan determines what counts as additional costs.
Can I receive additional cost allowance?
You can receive additional cost allowance if
- have a disability that can be presumed to persist for at least one year
- have additional costs amounting to at least SEK 11,825 per year due to your disability
- you are at least 18 years of age and do not have a parent who is obligated to support you
- you are insured in Sweden. If you live here, you are insured. However, there are some exceptions to this rule.
Additional costs are costs that you have due to your disability, i.e. costs in addition to the costs that are common for people of the same age without disabilities, additional costs can be one-off costs or recurring costs, such as disposable materials.
Försäkringskassan will determine what counts as additional costs due to your disability.
An example: You cannot normally claim the allowance for buying a bicycle. However, if you need to adjust the bicycle to be able to ride the bicycle despite your disability, you may be entitled to additional cost allowance. In this case, you will be reimbursed for the cost of adjusting the bicycle – you will not be reimbursed for the cost of the bicycle without adaptation.
It is not possible to list everything that may qualify as additional costs. However, it may include costs relating to
- health and healthcare, such as patient fees and medicines up to the high-cost protection
- special diet that you need because of your disability
- increased wear on clothing, shoes and furnishings or washing and cleaning
- disability travel services, medical and treatment trips not reimbursed by the municipality or region
- travel by own car if you have difficulty travelling by public transport
- rental or purchase of aids,
- help in day-to-day life, such as home health services fee, cost for a guardian or privately hired cleaning help
- adapted leisure activities.
You cannot claim additional cost allowance for things you can get for free from the municipality or region. This means, for example, that in the case of patient transport, you can only receive compensation up to the high-cost protection.
Similarly, you cannot claim additional cost allowance for aids if there is an equivalent aid available to borrow for free from the municipality or region. Therefore, you should contact the municipality or region before purchasing aids that you need due to your disability.
The cost is distributed over the entire period that you use the product
If an additional cost relates to a product that can be used for several years, the cost is spread over the entire period you use the product. Such products can, for example, be furniture or household appliances, which are estimated to last for ten years. This means that if you need a washing machine due to your disability, and the washing machine costs SEK 6,000, you can expect an additional cost of SEK 600 per year for ten years.
Parents are liable for maintenance for their children until the child reaches the age of 18, or at the most until the child reaches the age of 21 if the child attends secondary school or equivalent.
Current processing time
We have longer processing times than normal for child carer’s allowance and additional cost allowance, we apologize for you having to wait for the decision and we are doing everything we can to shorten the waiting time. The average processing time is eight months.
You will not lose any money because of our processing times. If you are entitled to compensation, you will receive money in arrears once we have made a decision.
How do I apply?
1. Apply on My pages (Mina sidor)
Apply for additional cost allowance on My pages (Mina sidor).
2. Send in a medical statement
After completing your application, send in a medical statement describing your disability. If you are applying via our e-service you can submit the medical certificate and other attachments digitally through My Pages as soon as we receive your application. You can see your case on My Pages within 24 hours of applying and you then click add attachments to your application.
If you are not applying via the e-service, send the medical certificate and other attachments to Försäkringskassans inläsningscentral, 839 88 Östersund.
3. We will contact you
Once we have started processing your case, we will book an appointment with you where we will jointly review the additional costs that are due to your disability.
After the conversation, Försäkringskassan will determine what additional costs are reasonable and can be approved. We will then add up the approved additional costs to see if you can receive additional cost allowance.
You can prepare for the conversation by writing down the additional costs you have due to your disability, the reason for the costs and how you have calculated them.
If you indicated that you need an interpreter, the administrative officer will make sure one participates in the conversation.
4. You will receive a decision
Unfortunately, we currently have long processing times, an average of eight months. You will not miss out on any money because of our processing times. If you are entitled to compensation, you will receive the money in arrears once we have made a decision on your case.
If your costs are high enough, you will receive a decision about what amount you will receive per month. The decision can either be time limited or apply until further notice.
Additional cost allowance is paid out on the 18th or 19th of every month.
Special disbursement dates
When will the disbursement appear on My pages (Mina sidor)?
On My pages (Mina sidor), you can see the disbursement under Disbursements (Utbetalningar) 8 bank days before the money arrives.
6. Report changes
Call your administrator if your additional costs change. Report the change as soon as possible, but no later than 14 days after you became aware of it. Otherwise, you may be required to pay back the money.