Reforms in the health care benefits through UHC Act

LAOAG CITY, May 30 (PIA) –  All Filipino citizens can now have access to health care benefits is one of the important provisions of the newly-signed Universal Health Care Law or the Republic Act (RA) 11223.

The law mandates the automatic enrollment of all Filipinos into the National Healthcare Insurance Corporation or the PhilHealth.  

“All Filipinos will be granted immediate eligibility  to claim for the benefits needed under medical and other health services,” Alvin Luciano Ubasa, Social Insurance Officer II of PhilHealth, shared before members of the local media in a recent episode of PIA-KBP Ilocandia Forum held at the Sangguniang Panlalawigan Session Hall in this city.

Members of the local media with PhilHealth’s Alvin Luciano Ubasa (fourth from right) and officials of the Social Security System during the recent PIA-KBP Ilocandia Forum held at the Sangguniang Panlalawigan Session Hall in Laoag City, Ilocos Norte. (PIA-Ilocos Norte)

In the new law, there will only be two membership categories namely direct contributor or those who have the capacity to pay for the insurance premiums and indirect contributor from the previous six categories.

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Those indirect contributors are those subsidized by the national government, like the indigent persons listed in the Listahanan of the Department of Social Welfare and Development, Senior Citizens under RA 10645, and Persons with Disabilities under RA 11228.

“Those existing members before the new law was signed will continue to be members of PhilHealth,” according to Ubasa.

“Active PhilHealth members remain fully entitled to the PhilHealth benefits,” he added.

He likewise cited that in case of missed contributions, including interest, will still have to be paid by the employers or the self-employed members.

Ongoing is the crafting of the Implementing Rules and Regulations for the said law. (AMB/JDS/PIA-La Union)

Source: PIA Feed