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An estimated 2.5 million domestic helpers will benefit from PhilHealth after President Benigno S. Aquino III recently signed into law Republic Act No. 10361 that aims to protect the welfare of domestic workers in the country.
The new law defines the labor rights of domestic helpers or domestic workers, standardizes their pay, and entitles them to social protection benefits such as health insurance under the PhilHealth program, among others.
Under the new law, domestic helpers and their qualified dependents such as legal spouse, children below 21 years old, and parents 60 years old and above shall be covered by PhilHealth.
Members are entitled to full inpatient benefits when confined in any government and private hospitals accredited with PhilHealth.
To be able to avail of PhilHealth coverage, domestic helpers need to submit a duly accomplished PhilHealth Member Registration Form (PMRF) which is available at any PhilHealth office or can also be downloaded from www.philhealth.gov.ph, attach supporting documents for qualified dependents, and submit them to the nearest PhilHealth Local Health Insurance Office.
Annual contributions of P1,800 per year is also payable in quarterly or semi-annual basis and are borne by their employers for those earnings a monthly salary below P5,000. (END)