PWDs need to be covered by SSS and PhilHealth

A bill has been filed encouraging self-employed persons with disability (PWDs) to become members of Social Security System (SSS) and Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) by granting

one-year government subsidy for their initial contributions.

Authored by Rep. Carmelo F. Lazatin (1st District, Pampanga), House Bill 5333 to be known as “Persons with Disability (PWD) PhilHealth and SSS Coverage Act of 2011,” seeks to amend Republic Act 7277, and the Magna Carta for Disabled Persons, as amended.

Lazatin said the initial one-year government subsidy of monthly contribution of PWDs shall encourage the PWDs to permanently become members of the SSS and PhilHealth.

“The government support will go a long way especially in their times of need,” Lazatin said.

In pressing for the immediate approval of the bill, Lazatin said “the efforts of persons with disability to live a normal and productive life are very commendable and remarkable.”

“Despite their condition, some of them are trying hard to earn a decent living by establishing their own small business,” Lazatin said.

Upon approval of the bill, the PWDs who are self employed shall be entitled to a government subsidy of their monthly contribution for one year of coverage upon their registration with the SSS and PhilHealth.

“The privileges are only available for PWDs who are Filipino citizens and must submit a certification of their being self-employed from the city or municipal social welfare officer where the PWDs reside,”

Lazatin said.

Lazatin said “the PWDs and their dependents will receive all the benefits provided for by the SSS and the PhilHealth to all their members.”

The Secretary of the Department of Social Welfare and Development, the SSS and the PhilHealth shall issue the necessary rules and regulation for effective implementation of the Act.

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