Sigurista! Stella Quimbo files bill suspending PhilHealth contributions during crisis time

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The people should not be given the extra burden of providing extra funding the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation during tough times.

Marikina Rep. Stella Quimbo wants to shift the responsibility of keeping the state agency afloat through extraordinary times like the COVID-19 pandemic, saying that the scheduled increases for 2021 – which Duterte already suspended – should be easily halted as needed.

“Given the ongoing national emergency and the issues on Philhealth’s management of funds, I support suspending their premium rate hike,” the politiko-economist said, proposing a solution.

“For a long term solution, yesterday I filed HB 8300 to amend the UHC law and allow for such suspensions when public interest so requires,” she added.