Senior citizens are now automatically members of the Philippine Health Insurance, Corp. (PhilHealth) after Pres. Benigno S. Aquino signed into law Republic Act No. 10645, which provides:
All senior citizens shall be covered by the national health insurance program of PhilHealth. Funds necessary to ensure the enrollment of all senior citizens not currently covered by any existing category shall be sourced from the National Health Insurance Fund of PhilHealth from proceeds of Republic Act No. 10351, in accordance with the pertinent laws and regulations. (Section 5, sub-paragraph h(2) of R.A. No. 7432, as amended by R.A. No. 7432 and further amended by R.A. 10645)
This new law amends R.A. 7432 or the “Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010” by removing the requirement that a senior citizen has to be an indigent or poor before he/she could enjoy PhilHealth coverage.
For seniors to enjoy the benefits of this new law, all they need to do is to present a valid ID that proves their real age.
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