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Employers May Now Report PhilHealth Remittances Online January 28, 2011

EMPLOYERS in the private and government sectors may now submit their remittance reports to the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) online.

Through Circular 30,s-2010, PhilHealth introduced the Electronic Premium Reporting System (EPRS) to make remittance reporting more convenient for employers. "The EPRS is a web-based application that promotes faster and easier submission of monthly remittance reports," said PhilHealth President and CEO Dr. Rey B. Aquino. "It will also expedite the posting and reconciliation of employer's and member's premium contributions."

Aquino added that the introduction of the EPRS is in line with PhilHealth's policy of establishing an efficient premium collection mechanism and maintaining an updated membership and contribution database to ensure the viability, adequacy and responsiveness of the National Health Insurance Program.

Employers interested in using the EPRS should enroll in the reporting scheme and should attend the scheduled training for the activation and creation of their user accounts. "They should also have internet access and email address, their own PhilHealth Employer Number, and should be directly remitting to PhilHealth through the Over-the-Counter Collection System (OTCCS),"Aquino said. More importantly, the employers' baseline data must contain an active list of employees with their corresponding PhilHealth Identification Number (PIN).

Employers may get in touch with any of the 17 PhilHealth Regional Offices nationwide and three (3) Branch offices in the National Capital Region for the schedule of EPRS trainings. "Once the employer representative completes the training, we will issue the Certificate of EPRS so that the employer can access the system upon activation of their user account," the PhilHealth Chief said. The EPRS has been available since October 1 last year. (Kristine Besmonte, Public Affairs Department)

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