THE Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) reminded all returning overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) on Friday, September 23, 2022, that the agency will continue to cover their coronavirus disease (Covid-19) testing.

In a statement, PhilHealth said Advisory 2022-0026 provides the continued benefit for OFWs who are returning to their home country.

"PhilHealth acknowledges the important role of our returning overseas Filipino workers (OFWs)," said PhilHealth Officer-in-Charge Eli Dino Santos.

"The PhilHealth Board of Directors has approved the continuing coverage of Covid-19 testing for returning OFWs," he added.

PhilHealth said the specific guidelines on the benefit coverage shall be provided through a circular that will be released "soon."

It also said that the benefit shall have a "retroactive effect" starting August 31, 2022.

To note, the PhilHealth benefit covers plate-based RT-PCR test from P800 to P2,800, and cartridge-based PCR from P500 to P2,450.

They can avail themselves of the test in all the 230 accredited Covid-19 testing laboratories nationwide.

Earlier, PhilHealth approved continuing Covid-19 testing coverage for other sectors.

They include all healthcare workers, senior citizens, persons with comorbidities, as well as the general population that have Covid-19 symptoms. (HDT/SunStar Philippines)