On its third and final reading, the Senate gave its nod to the Universal Health Care bill.
The said bill aims to provide equal access of quality and affordable medical services to all Filipinos.
With the vote 14-0 without anyone abstaining, Senate Bill 1896 went through with a breeze.
Senate Bill 1896 includes all the reforms, projects, responsibilities and jurisdiction of concern agencies in-charge of implementing the said bill. These agencies include the Department of Health, Philippine Health Insurance Corporation and all local government units.
Under the Universal Health Care Bill, all Filipinos including Overseas Filipino Workers are automatically members of PhilHealth-direct or indirect contributors of premiums.
In a social media post, Sen. JV Ejercito, the principal sponsor and co-author of the said bill said that with the passage of Senate Bill 1896, we continue to push for the right of every Filipino to a guaranteed and affordable medical service.
— JV Ejercito (@jvejercito) October 10, 2018
Ejercito last month was very vocal in saying that he hopes that the Senate would immediately pass their version of the bill by October; before the start of the filing of certificate of candidacy for the 2019 midterm elections.
Meanwhile, Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque expressed his gratitude for the passage of the said bill. Roque, before assuming his post in Malacanang was a Kabayan Partylist Representative and one of the sponsors of the Lower House’s version of the said bill.
According to Roque, the Senate’s approval of the bill is “groundbreaking” because Filipinos are now entitled to health coverage by the simple virtue of their citizenship.
House Bill no. 5784 was approved by the House of Representatives last September.