Health & Fitness

Implementing rules of new PhilHealth law approved

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THE implementing rules and regulation (IRR) of Republic Act 10606, otherwise known as the National Health Insurance Act of 2013, was approved by the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) Board during a special meeting on September 12 at its main office in Pasig City.

The said IRR aims to simplify members' experience with PhilHealth especially in registration and availment of benefits and operationalizes the new law, some salient provisions of which include mandatory coverage of the marginalized sector and entitlement of indigent members to the No Balance Billing policy, among others. Under the new law, even pregnant women who are non-members and who are about to give birth can also be entitled to financial health protection from PhilHealth.

In photo after a simple signing ceremony are (from left) Finance Undersecretary Jeremias N. Paul, Jr.; National Anti–Poverty Commission Vice Chairman for Basic Sectors Atty. Marlon J.  Manuel; Department of Labor and Employment Representative Leah T. Fortuna; PhilHealth President and CEO Alexander A. Padilla; Health Secretary and Chairperson of the Board Dr. Enrique T. Ona; Human Resource Sub Sector–Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Manager Reyda M. Quijano, OFW Sector Representative Jane M. N. Sta.  Ana; Self-Employed Sector Representative Dr. Francisco Vicente F. Lopez; and Labor Sector Representative Dr. Alexander A.  Ayco.