The Philippine Health Insurance Corp. and Kabankalan City have entered into a memorandum of agreement that secures health insurance coverage of the city’s low-income families under the sponsored program, a press release from LGU said.
The MOA signed by PhilHealth Regional President, Dennis Mas and Mayor Isidro Zayco, renews the coverage of 17,000 plus low-income members with a two-year lock-in period.
With the increase in premium contribution of PhilHealth, the corporation extends the coverage of LGU-sponsored low-income households whose validity expired December 31, 2011, to March 31, 2012 at no cost to the LGU.
However, with the LGU’s undertaking to enroll its indigents for two years, a three-month additional extension is given or until June 30.
In effect, the LGU of Kabankalan not only availed of the discounted annual premium contribution from P2,400 to P1,200, but also of a six-month free membership of its indigents, where the effective premium rate for a two-year membership is P1,800, the press release added.
Mas said, indigent members of Kabankalan are eligible to avail of PhilHealth benefits until December 31, 2013.
There are 28,740 enrolled members in the city, of which 17,442 are LGU sponsored; 10,652 under the NHTS-PR; and 376 enrolled during the NPRD. The LGU has paid P10,003,800 as counterpart premium contributions in 2011 while PhilHealth benefits totaled P20,130,291.
Aside from the LGU-sponsored members, about 10,652 indigents are also covered under the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction of the DSWD, the press release said.*