A law providing mandatory Philippine Health Insurance Corp (PhilHealth) coverage to persons with disabilities was signed by President Rodrigo Duterte.
A copy of which was released by Malacañang last few weeks, Duterte signed Republic Act 11228 on February 22.
The national government will pay the premium contributions of all PWDs provided that the premium contributions of those employed in the formal economy will be shared equally by the employer and the national government.
The government will shoulder the premium payments through sin tax collection.
PhilHealth is now mandated by law to develop exclusive packages for PWDs that will address their specific health and development needs.
A periodic monitoring and evaluation of the law’s implementation will be conducted by the Department of Health. In coordination with other government agencies, local government units, and National Council on Disability Affairs.
The PhilHealth, NCDA, LGU’s and other relevant government agancies are directed to submit their data on PWDs to the Department of Health. Because the DOH must also maintain an updated database on PWDs and their health and development needs.
After President Rodrigo Duterte approved the Universal Health Care Act, He also signed this law on mandatory Philhealth coverage for PWDs.
The law will ensure that all Filipinos have access to a comprehensive set of quality, cost-effective, promotive, preventive, curative, rehabilitative and palliative health services without suffering financial hardships.KBK, GMA News.