The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) has extended the payment of premium contributions of self-earning individuals, professional practitioners, and members of group enrollment schemes until June 30 to give relief to those struggling with financial difficulties because of the pandemic.

PhilHealth president and executive officer BGen. Ricardo Morales, in an advisory issued Wednesday, said members have been given leeway in the payment of their contributions due to the financial limitations because of the COVID-19 crisis. Local members’ contributions and OFWs’ contributions have been given separate guidelines.

OFWs, according to PhilHealth Advisory No. 2020-037, despite the rate increase, may pay at the previous mandated rate of P2.400 as their initial payment, and are given one (1) year or twelve (12) months from the date of their initial payment to pay their balance for the year.

Repatriated Migrant Workers or OFWs in distress are required to secure an OWWA Certification that they are to present to their local social welfare officers in order for them to be considered as Indirect Contributors.

Premium payments are made voluntarily for the duration of the pandemic. However, all are advised that the provisions of R.A. 11223 still apply and are just temporarily suspended should no amendment of the Law be passed by the Congress.

For the local members, according to PhilHealth Advisory No. 2020-038, the deadline of premium contribution for the 1st semester (January-June 2020) has been extended to June 30, 2020, for those who are self-earning, professional practitioners and those who are members of group enrolment schemes, where individuals paying members can register and pay a premium as organized groups.

For those who are employed, the unpaid contributions for the months of February, March, and April are considered without interest until June 22, 2020.

Employers who implemented a skeleton workforce arrangement are reminded to ensure that their employees receiving no income are properly reported with the use of RF-1 or eRF-2.

Furthermore, employers who have temporarily stopped their operations are urged to submit an electronic of their ER-2 to their respective Accounts Officer as soon as possible.

For further inquiries, people are advised to contact the PhilHealth Call Center at (02) 8441-7442 or to visit any of the PhilHealth Regional Offices and Local Health Insurance Offices.

For more information, members were asked to check on updates from the following:
FB: @PhilHealthofficial
Twitter: @teamphilhealth
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Action Center: 8441-7442
SMS: 0917-8987442