Overseas Filipino workers covered by Universal Health Care -- Ejercito

February 24, 2019

HEALTH advocate Senator JV Ejercito has assured overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) that they are covered by the Universal Health Care (UHC) law, or Republic Act 11223 that he fought for approval in the Senate.

“OFWs are definitely covered. Basta Pilipino, kasama dito. Kapag umuwi sila after their tour of duty, they will be covered. Basta may proof na ikaw ay Pilipino, you would be covered by the National Health Insurance Program,” he said on Saturday during the “Executive Session” program of radio DZRH on which he was the guest.

Ejercito explained that under the UHC all Filipinos are automatic members of PhilHealth.

“That means, hindi na magigipit kapag nagkasakit dahil sa UHC, abot-kaya na ng bulsa ang medical services mula sa check-up, piling laboratory tests, hanggang sa pagpapa-ospital dahil katuwang ang gobyerno sa pagpasan ng gastos,” he said.

Aside from the UHC, President Duterte also recently signed Republic Act No. 11201, or the Creation of the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development Act which Ejercito authored.

Included in Ejercito’s list of laws are legislative measures for free irrigation, anti-agricultural smuggling, free college education in State Colleges and Universities, and Sangguniang Kabataan reform, among others.