Pres. Duterte signs new law which grants PhilHealth coverage for all PWDs

Pres. Duterte signs new law which grants PhilHealth coverage for all PWDs

Another historic moment for the Filipino people.

A few days back the Chief Executive signed the Universal Health Care law and the Expanded Maternity Leave law and all of knew that was the good news, little that we know… there is more.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte just signed into a law a PhilHealth coverage for all persons with disabilities (PWDs).

Pres. Duterte (photo credit to owner)

Duterte signed Republic Act 11228 (  which amended the “Magna Carta for Persons with Disability.”) on Feb. 22 but a copy of which was released to media on Monday (March 4).
Under Republic Act 11228 "all persons with disability (PWDs) shall be automatically covered under the National health Insurance Program (NHIP) of the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth)”.
"The PhilHealth shall develop exclusive packages for PWDs that will address their specific health and development needs," the law reads.
A periodic monitoring and evaluation of the law should be conducted by the Department of Health (DOH), in coordination with the Department of Social Welfare and Development, Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), the National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA), the local government units (LGUs) and other relevant government agencies and non-government organizations.
The DOH must also maintain an updated database on PWDs and their health and development needs.
The law directs the LGUs, the PhilHealth, the NCDA, and other relevant government agencies are directed to submit their data on PWDs to the DOH and concerned agencies should promulgate the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) within three months upon effectivity of the act.
As provided by law and jurisprudence, RA 11228 shall take effect 15 days from its publication in the Official Gazette or in a newspaper of general circulation.

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