PhilHealth coverage for all senior citizens approved on 2

nd
reading
The House of Representatives has approved on second reading a bill providing for the
mandatory PhilHealth coverage for all senior citizens amending Republic Act 7432 as amended by
Republic Act !!!4 other"ise #no"n as the $%panded &enior 'itizens Act of 2()(*
The House 'ommittee on Populations and +amily Relations chaired by Rep* Rogelio $spina
,-one .istrict /iliran0 endorsed sponsored and defended House /ill 41!3 a consolidation of House
/ills 3)71 3342 and 4411 authored by Reps* Angelina Tan ,4
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.istrict 2uezon0 Alfredo 3argas 444
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.istrict 2uezon 'ity0 and 5erry Tre6as ,-one .istrict 4loilo 'ity0 respectively*
The measure is e%pected to be approved on third and final reading ne%t "ee#*
Tre6as said RA !!!4 limits PhilHealth coverage to indigent senior citizens only* 7This bill
aims to remedy this oversight by deleting the 8ualification of being an indigent in the concerned
section of the la" and by sourcing the funds to implement this program from the 9ational Health
4nsurance +und of PhilHealth: Tre6as said*
7This proposed measure mandates PhilHealth coverage for all senior citizens: Tre6as added*
Tan said the national policies contained in both the 'onstitution and the &enior 'itizens Act
clearly provide that all of the elderly shall be given preferential care and protection by the &tate*
7/eing an indigent should not be a re8uisite for the senior citizens to avail of the mandatory
free PhilHealth coverage: Tan said*
7The measure "ill enable all our senior citizens to feel more secure during the remaining
years of their lives because of the guarantee that they "ill have the access to medical and health
services "hen need arises: Tan stressed*
'o;authors are Reps* -ani <ercado;Revilla ,2
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.istrict 'avite0 <ar;-en Abigail /inay ,2
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.istrict <a#ati 'ity0 $lisa =ho ,2
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.istrict <asbate0 Anthony del Rosario ,)
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.istrict .avao del
9orte0 -eah Pa8uiz ,Party -ist A9> 9AR&0 4sidro ?ngab ,3
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.istrict .avao 'ity0 5oa8uin
'arlos Rahman 9ava ,-one .istrict >uimaras0 'elso -obregat ,)
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.istrict @amboanga 'ity0
<ariano Piamonte 5r* ,Party -ist A T$A'H$R0 Romeo Acop ,2
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.istrict Antipolo 'ity0 9icasio
Aliping 5r* ,-one .istrict /aguio 'ity0 'heryl .elosoA<ontalla ,2
nd
.istrict @ambales0 $velina
$scudero ,)
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.istrict &orsogon0 >"endolyn >arcia ,3
rd
.istrict 'ebu0 $dcel 7>re%: -agman ,)
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.istrict Albay0 $dgardo <asongsong ,Party -ist ) 'AR$0 Pablo 9ava 444 ,Party -ist APP$9.0
<arie Anne Pernes ,-one .istrict &i8uiBor0 $ric &ingson ,2
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.istrict 4locos &ur0 $strellita
&uansing ,)
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.istrict 9ueva $ciBa0 5ose TeBada ,3
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.istrict 9orth 'otabato0 Pryde Henry Teves
,3
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.istrict 9egros Criental0 Randolph Ting,3
rd
.istrict 'agayan0 Antonio Tinio ,Party -ist A'T
T$A'H$R&0 and &usan Dap ,2
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.istrict Tarlac0* ,3(0 jsc
NR # 3489
JUNE 6, 2014

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