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OWWA and PhilHealth Team Up for MEDplus

June 5, 2016
OWWA and PhilHealth Team Up for MEDplus

OWWA Administrator Rebecca J. Calzado and PhilHealth President and Chief Executive Officer Alexander A. Padilla signed today, 02 June 2016, the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for the implementation of the Supplemental Medical Assistance Program for OFWs or MEDplus, a medical assistance program for OFWs that supplements the benefit provided by PhilHealth.


The MEDplus, approved for implementation by the OWWA Board of Trustees in September 2015, is a one-time financial assistance provided to active OWWA and PhilHealth members who are diagnosed with and subsequently hospitalized due to a dreaded disease whether in the Philippines or in their country of employment.  It matches the benefit granted by PhilHealth to its members under its case rate system but not to exceed fifty thousand pesos (P 50,000.00) per member.  Subsequent availments are allowed for the same dreaded disease but not to exceed the limit. The list of dreaded diseases is jointly identified and defined by OWWA and PhilHealth.


OFWs whose OWWA membership coverage has already lapsed but are still active PhilHealth members are given additional sixty (60) days coverage upon expiry of OWWA membership validity.


Under the agreement, OWWA shall implement the program through its eighteen (18) Regional Welfare Offices (RWOs) throughout the country. RWOs shall accept and process claims, in accordance with the guidelines to be crafted by OWWA and PhilHealth within 60 days upon signing of the MOA. RWOs shall, likewise, maintain a database on availments.


PhilHealth shall provide training and access to MyPhilHealth Portal to authorized OWWA personnel for purposes of online verification of PhilHealth benefit payments to its members as it will be the basis of processing MEDplus claims.


“MedPlus is part of OWWA’s commitment to continually develop and implement welfare programs that are responsive to the needs of OFWs and their families. This collaboration with the PhilHealth will help our member-OFWs further reduce their medical expenses.” Administrator Calzado said.