President Duterte signs law giving PWDs automatic PhilHealth coverage

Just weeks after signing Republic Act No 11223 or the Universal Health Law, President Rodrigo Duterte has signed into law the measure providing for the mandatory PhilHealth coverage for all persons with disability (PWDs), according to a copy of the measure released by the Palace on Monday.

The President signed Republic Act (RA) No. 11228 on February 22 and will take effect 15 days after it is published in the Official Gazette or any newspaper of general circulation.

RA 11228, a consolidation of Senate Bill No. 1391 and House Bill No. 8014 amends RA 7277 (Magna Carta for Persons with Disability).

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According to ABS-CBN news, the law amends Section 20-A of the law to state that all PWDs shall be automatically covered under the National Health Insurance Program (NHIP) of the PhilHealth and that the PhilHealth shall develop exclusive packages for PWDs that will address their specific health and development needs.

Under the new provision, premium contributions for all PWDs shall be paid by the national government. The premium contributions of PWD members in the formal economy shall be shared equally by their employers and the national government.

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The Department of Health, in coordination with the Department of Social Welfare and Development, Department of Labor and Employment, the National Council for Disability Affairs, local government units, and other relevant government agencies, shall conduct a periodic monitoring and evaluation of the implementation of the newly signed measure.

These agencies shall also craft the implementing rules and regulations within three months upon the effectivity of the law.