Visayas urban poor to get health insurance subsidies-A A +A
Monday, January 2, 2012
INDIGENT families in a highly-urbanized city in Central Visayas will be the initial recipients of a project that will partly pay for their health insurance payments as based on a project recently entered into by the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) and the LPG Marketers’ Association (LPGMA) party-list.
"Once we’ve selected the city, we will leave it up to the mayor and the barangay officials there to identify the needy family heads or individuals to be enrolled as new PhilHealth members," LPGMA party-list Representative Arnel Ty said.
According to PhilHealth, the LPGMA party-list group has decided to allocate a portion of its priority development assistance fund (PDAF), more commonly known as “pork barrel”, to subsidize the annual premiums of indigent families for the next two years.
PhilHealth President and Chief Executive Officer Dr. Eduardo Banzon and LPGMA Representative Arnel Ty recently inked a memorandum of agreement for the said project.
It is unclear how much of the P70-million yearly PDAF of the party-list group congressman will be allotted to the poverty-stricken families. Of the amount, only P30 million should be appropriated to “soft” projects, like scholarships, and medical assistance.
Banzon said the PDAF allocation will help advance President Benigno Aquino III’s commitment to provide every Filipino family adequate health insurance protection.
“We adhere to the principle that access to insurance is part of an individual’s right to health and is the responsibility of the State and society as a whole,” Banzon said.
“Many party-list groups have already committed the bulk of their PDAF allotments to projects in Luzon. We are reaching out to the Visayas partly to compensate for the imbalance in resource allocation,” Ty added. (Kathrina Alvarez/Sunnex)