Chiz urges PhilHealth to defer premium contribution hike amid spike in COVID cases

Chiz urges PhilHealth to defer premium contribution hike amid spike in COVID cases

By Ernie Reyes

MANILA — Sorsogon Gov. and senatorial candidate has issued a twin appeal to the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) to consider extending the deferment of the increase in premium contributions this year and for lawmakers to pass a legislation that will suspend the scheduled hikes under the Universal Health Care Act, as many members continue to feel the impact of the pandemic now on its second year.

“Nasa gitna pa rin tayo ng pandemya at mukhang matatagalan pa bago magbalik sa normal ang pamumuhay ng mga tao, kaya’t nananawagan ako sa PhilHealth na huwag munang magpatupad ng mandatory increase sa kontribusyon ng mga miyembro nito habang wala pang naipapasang batas na mag-aamyenda sa UHC law,” Escudero said.

“Kung sakaling magpasiya ang ahensya na huwag nang palawigin pa ang pag-aantala sa pagtaas ng buwanang kontribusyon, milyong Pilipino ang maapektuhan at tiyak na ito ay magiging dagdag pabigat pa sa kanila,” he added.

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