Philhealth Membership for Senior Citizens

If you are 60 years old and above and a Filipino citizen, you are automatically a member of the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation or PhilHealth.  That’s good news!  Gone are the days when an elderly needs to be an indigent before qualifying for Philhealth coverage.  Now, all our Lolos and Lolas need to do is present proof (IDs, NSO Birth Certificates) that they are indeed 60 years old and above; the hospital shall then provide them with the benefits of a Philhealth member.

I lifted the following guidelines on enrolling for Senior Citizen Philhealth ID from the Philhealth website  to serve as our reference.  Help your parents and grandparents secure their IDs; it’s really very simple:

There are two ways to enroll as a Senior Citizen member of Philhealth:

  1. Bulk Enrollment.
  • The Local Health Insurance Offices of Philhealth secures an electronic list of senior citizens of each city and municipality or any office of the Local Chief Executive.
  • Qualified senior citizens will automatically be enrolled.
  • Their Philhealth IDs shall be released through the OSCA or the office that provided the list of names.
  1. Individual Enrollment
  • Requirements:
    1. Duly accomplished Philhealth Member Registration Form;
    2. 1 x 1 photo taken within the last six months;
    3. Senior Citizens ID issued by the OSCA in the city or municipality where the elderly resides or
    4. Valid government ID

If your parents and grandparents still do not have Senior Citizen IDs, encourage them to secure their cards now.  If you’re a senior citizen yourself, I suggest you do not delay applying for your ID.  Here are the simple requirements needed when applying for an ID in their city or municipality’s respective Office of Senior Citizen Affairs (OSCA):

  1. Prepare the following requirements:
  • NSO Birth Certificate
  • 2 pcs. 1×1 colored photo
  • Valid ID (any of the following will do: SSS, GSIS, PRC, Voter’s ID, Postal ID, Passport)
  1. Proceed to your city or municipality’s OSCA and submit the above requirements.
  2. A staff will accomplish your ID card for you based on the information on the Birth Certificate and ID you submitted.
  3. Before signing the ID card, double check that all entries are correct.  Affix your signature on the card.

Note that some cities and municipalities may request the applicant to attend a one-hour orientation before the ID is issued.

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