The Local Government of Bohol agreed to continue sponsoring the PhilHealth premium of some 32,564 poor families for a two-year coverage ending on December 31, 2013.
Despite concerns regarding increases in PhilHealth premiums, Bohol Governor Edgardo Chatto signed a memorandum of agreement, Tuesday, with PhilHealth Region 7 Vice President William Chavez at the Governorís Mansion in Tagbilaran City.
PhilHealth recently adjusted its contribution rate which includes the annual premium of sponsored members. The Sponsored Program premium is now pegged at P2,400 per year, effective January 1, 2012.
However, LGU-sponsored members whose coverage expired last December 31, 2011 were given an automatic three-month extension of coverage ending on March 31, 2012.
As an additional incentive, PhilHealth is offering another three-month extension (ending on June 30, 2012) to the coverage of existing members whose LGUs are willing to renew their sponsorship until the end of 2013 and commits to do so before July 2012.
On top of that, PhilHealth offers a 50-percent discount on the premium to LGUs who will renew, add or enroll sponsored members for the first time before July 2012.
In effect, for renewal of sponsorship, LGUs will only be paying P1,800 per family for a two-year coverage instead of P2,400 per year, on account of the six months total extension granted to existing enrollees. For new or additional sponsorships, LGUs will only be paying P1,200 per family per year.
All these incentives are made available to LGUs that will commit to enroll poor families for CY 2012-2013 before the end of this semester.
Budgetary constraints notwithstanding, Governor Chatto understood the value of providing health insurance coverage for his constituents. In committing to sponsor the continued coverage of poor families, the Province of Bohol availed of the premium incentives PhilHealth offered to somehow cushion the impact of the premium increase.
As of February this year, there are a total of 185,789 sponsored members in Bohol . About 35 percent of these, or 65,709, are sponsored members identified by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to be among the poorest of the poor under the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR). (END)