Senior citizens now automatically covered by PhilHealth

President Benigno Aquino III has signed into law Republic Act No. 10645, which provides for mandatory PhilHealth coverage for all senior citizens.

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Section 5 of said law provides: "All senior citizens shall be covered by the national health insurance program of PhilHealth."

It further states, "Funds necessary to ensure the enrollment of all senior citizens not currently covered by any existing category shall be sourced from the National Health Insurance Fund of PhilHealth from proceeds of Republic Act No. 10351, in accordance with the pertinent laws and regulations."

Sen. Ralph Recto in a statement explained that a senior citizen needs to present an ID that proves that he or she is such. Automatically, the senior citizen will be eligible to receive PhilHealth benefits from the hospital."

R.A. 10645 amends RA No. 994 or “The Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010.”

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