Go urges students to enroll in PhilHealth

Senator Bong Go has called on the government to make it simpler for college students to attend face-to-face classes.

The chair of the Senate health committee also urged students to take advantage of their PhilHealth insurance, which is granted by Republic Act 11223 or the Universal Health Care Law, which was signed into law in 2018.

“Alam niyo, huwag na ho nating pahirapan ang mga kababayan natin sa pagbalik sa pag-aaral,” said Go.

“Hirap na nga ‘yung mga kababayan natin dito sa ating transition noong naging distance learning tayo. Tapos ngayon ‘pag pabalik na naman sa face-to-face learning mahihirapan na naman ang mga kababayan natin. Huwag na ho nating pahirapan pa mga kababayan ko,” he said.

According to Resolution 164 of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases, only fully vaccinated students with health insurance coverage are allowed to participate in in-person classes which have been permitted by the government in areas under Alert Level 1. Universities and colleges in areas under said classification may conduct physical classes at full capacity.

Go clarified that the insurance requirement does not have to come from a private provider, saying that students aged 21 and up may enroll in PhilHealth if they do not have the financial means to pay higher premiums.

On the other hand, students under the age of 21 may be considered as their parents’ or legal guardians’ dependents.

“’Yung insurance naman po, hindi dapat private. So ibig sabihin, PhilHealth insured ka diyan. Dahil mayroon ka ng PhilHealth, ‘yung mga 21 years old and above eh miyembro ka na po. Indigent ka, miyembro ka na po,” said Go.

“‘Yung dependents naman less than 21 years old ‘yung mga dependents nila, puwede niyo nang gamiting insurance ‘yon,” he added.

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