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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

PhilHealth Reminds OFWs on Premium Increase






THE Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) reminds land-based overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) of the premium increase to be implemented in 2014.


OFWs have been paying P900 per year since 2005 when the Medicare functions of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration was transferred to PhilHealth.

In 2011, the PhilHealth Board approved a new premium rate for land-based OFWs under the Overseas Workers Program, pegging it at P2,400 per annum which was supposed to take effect in 2012. This would have been the lowest premium rate for all PhilHealth members, including the poorest of the poor whose premiums are paid for by a sponsor under the sponsored program.

After several consultations with OFW groups, PhilHealth deferred the full implementation of the new rate to provide ample time for OFWs to adjust. Instead of P2,400, their annual premium was set to P1,200 per year for 2012 and 2013.


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