Palace backs Philhealth premium increase

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THE Palace is backing the increase of monthly contributions to the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (Philhealth).

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Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte made the stance in light of the petition lodged before the Supreme Court seeking to stop the imposition of the Philhealth premium hike starting this month.

From a P100 monthly contribution, the minimum Philhealth premium rate will be at P200 monthly, with half the amount to be shouldered by the employee, and the remaining P100 to be paid by the employer.

“We were assured by Philhealth that such increase will mean greater benefits for its members, including the Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs),” Valte said.

Migrante International has branded the Philhealth premium increase as a burden, considering that the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) has not issued any order authorizing recruitment agencies to collect the additional premium.

Valte, however, argued against Migrante by saying that Philhealth only seeks to expand its benefits.

“Even if there are OFWs who have already been provided insurance by their employers, the Philhealth insurance covers their entire family as beneficiaries,” Valte pointed out. LLANESCA T. PANTI

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