Gov't to shoulder PhilHealth payments of PWDs under new law

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 4) — All persons with disabilities (PWDs) in the country will soon have equal access to healthcare.

This, after President Rodrigo Duterte signed into law a measure providing mandatory Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) coverage to PWDs.

Under Republic Act (RA) 11228, which amended RA 7277 or the "Magna Carta for Disabled Persons," PWDs will have automatic coverage under PhilHealth's National Health Insurance Program.

The government will shoulder premium contributions while those of PWDs employed in the formal economy will be shared by their employer and the government.

Funds for implementation of the policy will be sourced from sin tax collection.

The measure will take effect 15 days after publication on the National Gazette or in daily newspapers.

This is an addition to benefits currently given to PWDs, including 20 percent discount on food and recreational establishments, dental and medical services, public transportation, and domestic trips.

Duterte also enacted the Universal Health Care Law last month, expanding the coverage of Philhealth to all Filipinos both home and abroad.