By Bernadette Tamayo | Journal Online
Senador Ferdinand Marcos Jr. has asked the government to conduct an “inventory” of elderly citizens enrolled in the mandatory insurance program to find out whether all of them are receiving benefits from PhilHealth as mandated by law.
He made the move as co-author of Republic Act 10645 or the Expanded Senior Citizens Act signed into law on November 5, 2014, which provided for the mandatory Philhealth coverage of all senior citizens.
Marcos, a member of the Senate Committee on Health and Demography, said that Philhealth record shows that as of 2014, its members and beneficiaries under RA 10645 havereached 5,881,871."
“We would like to find out whether all senior citizens are truly receiving their entitlement from Philhealth. If not, there is a need to initiate the necessary action to ensure that this is corrected and the benefits reach all its intended recipients,” said Marcos.
He noted that RA 10645 made it “automatic” to enroll under Philhealth all senior citizens, especially indigent or poor senior citizens who were incapable of paying the monthly contribution to PhilHealth to become members.
“The original law benefitting senior citizens is RA 7432 allowed Filipinos who are 60 years and above, among others, 20 percent discount from all establishments relative to the utilization of transportation services, hotels, theaters, cinema houses, concert halls, circuses, carnivals and other similar places of culture, leisure, amusement and other purchases,” said Marcos.