Mandatory PhilHealth coverage for PWDs OK’d in House

MANILAThe House of Representatives on Monday overwhelmingly approved on third and final reading a measure providing mandatory Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) coverage for persons with disabilities (PWDs).

A total of 204 lawmakers voted in favor of House Bill 8014, which mandates that all PWDs shall be automatically covered under the National Health Insurance Program (NHIP). No lawmaker abstained or voted against it.

The bill provides for the amendment of Republic Act 7277, otherwise known as the Magna Carta for Persons with Disability.

The funds shall be sourced from PhilHealth's National Health Insurance Fund, which shall be earmarked from the sin tax collection.

Ako-Bicol Party-list Rep. Rodel Batocabe, sponsor of the measure, cited the need for additional mechanisms to ensure the PWDs' inclusion to development by providing them access to health insurance from PhilHealth.

"(This) measure is the answer to the desires of PWDs for full inclusion in the country's development and provide the avenue for them to enjoy the services afforded by the government to make their lives comfortable," Batocabe said.

"Providing them with automatic PhilHealth benefits is equitable and just as it will afford PWDs with the same entitlement presently being enjoyed by our senior citizens. We must act urgently so that our PWDs could receive the necessary health care and support from the government," he added.

The Senate has already approved its own version on third and final reading. (PNA)

Source: Philippine News Agency