The PhilHealth Office in Palawan is urging all employers to enroll their employees else they will face fines from not following the mandatory obligation.
Wilfredo Hernandez, head of PhilHealth –Palawan said that they are continuously monitoring companies including business establishments and they found out that many employers still do not comply with the requirement stipulated in the National Insurance Act.
The PhilHealth office has been communicating with the employers through the issuance of Notice of Compliance.
National Health Insurance Act of 2013 (RA 10606) aims to provide mandatory health care for all Filipinos and health care coverage for the indigent and abandoned children, with the national government subsidizing their premium contributions. The law amended the Republic Act 7875 or the National Health Insurance Act of 1995, Section 6 which previously said that national health insurance program “shall not be made compulsory in certain provinces and cities.”
Hernandez added that corresponding fines shall be imposed to those who do not follow the law.
He said that there are employers who intentionally disregarding the Kasambahay Law by not providing PhilHealth benefit to their househelp.
PhilHealth is reminding everyone the importance of health protection because it is very valuable in times of illness.
In January 2015, PhilHealth contribution had increased due to the extended services it is providing to Filipinos. The minimum premium is P200.00 for the monthly salary of P8, 000 and below.
PhilHealth payment for self-employed have also increased to P200.00 from the P150.00 monthly minimum contribution.
Almost 93% of the Palawan’s population are now enrolled in PhilHealth.