Acting President and Chief Executive Officer of the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) Dr. Roy B. Ferrer urged members of the Employers Confederation of the Philippines (ECOP) to use the Electronic Premium Remittance System or EPRS during its 36th Members’ General Meeting held in Global City in Taguig, Metro Manila.
Ferrer said that using the online facility system will make employer’s premium payment and reporting fast and convenient. "PhilHealth is moving forward, modernizing its processes, and changing directions from manual to computer based system," said Ferrer.
PhilHealth introduced the EPRS to employers way back in 2012 to veer away from the manual preparation and submission of PhilHealth remittance reports. It is a web-based application designed to allow access to employee information through the employer’s PhilHealth Employer Engagement Representatives (PEER).
The PhilHealth chief also advised employees to visit the PhilHealth website to verify their payment status and immediately notify the Corporation regarding employers who are not regularly remitting and filing their remittance reports. "We are strengthening our efforts to sustain targets for premium collection in order to come up with more innovations on benefits for all PhilHealth members and dependents," he added.
Meanwhile, formal economy, senior citizens and lifetime members of PhilHealth and their qualified dependents will soon enjoy the Expanded Primary Care Benefit (ePCB) Package. The benefit package includes health screening and assessment/consultation, essential services such as complete blood count, fecalysis, and urinalysis as well as medicines like antibiotics among others.
Likewise, the state health insurer also called on hospitals nationwide with the capacity to provide the ePCB essential services to apply for accreditation with PhilHealth. “We are calling on PCB providers to be accredited with us so that we can make this package available and accessible to our members particularly to our beloved workers in the government and private sectors sooner than expected,” the PhilHealth chief said.
Also in attendance during the ECOP members’ general meeting are the Social Security System, Pag-IBIG Fund, and Employee’s Compensation Commission. END (Evelyn P. de Leon)