Bill for seniors citizens' medication support filed in House

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 20) — A bill seeking to provide medication support for senior citizens was filed in the House of Representatives on Monday.

House Bill 9569 proposes to give ₱1,000 monthly to all senior citizens to help them with their maintenance medicine. It was filed by ACT-CIS party list members Reps. Erwin Tulfo, Jocelyn Tulfo, and Edvic Yap; Benguet Rep. Eric Yap, and Quezon City 2nd District Rep. Ralph Tulfo.

"The 'Monthly Maintenance Medication Support Act for Senior Citizens' is a legislative proposal that responds to a critical issue facing our elderly population, particularly those dealing with chronic or long-term medical conditions," said the bill's explanatory note.

Lawmakers who filed the bill said it aims to ease the financial burden senior citizens face when paying for needed medication, adding "managing chronic diseases should not be compromised due to economic limitations."

Registered Filipino senior citizens may avail of the benefit. They can submit an application to the Department of Health (DOH) or its designated agency along with a valid prescription for maintenance medications as issued by a licensed medical practitioner within 6 months from the date of application.

A monthly maintenance medication support card will then be issued once their application is approved.

The bill further states the DOH will create a system to track the use of the program and shall submit to Congress an annual report on its effectiveness and impact.

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