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Medical insurance no longer required for college students returning to face-to-face classes

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MANILA, PHILIPPINES — The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) repealed the order requiring college students to obtain medical insurance for face-to-face classes.

“Inaprubahan na din ng IATF (Inter-Agency Task Force), base po sa rekomendasyon ng Commission on Higher Education (CHED), ang pag-repeal sa medical insurance ng mga estudyante na nakasaad sa CHED-DOH (Department of Health) joint memorandum circular No. 2021-004,” Deputy Presidential Spokesperson, Undersecretary Michel Kristian Ablan said in a Palace press briefing on Friday, May 27.

(The IATF approved, based on the recommendation of the Commission on Higher Education , the repealing of the medical insurance of students as stated in the CHED-DOH joint memorandum circular No. 2021-004.)

Prior to this change, the government required students to have medical insurance before returning to their campuses for face-to-face classes.

No specification has been disclosed regarding the IATF’s approval. The University of the Philippines Office of the Student Regent and among numerous organizations, however, has appealed to authorities to provide medical insurance for all.

Under Alert Level 1, the government has allowed colleges and universities to hold face-to-face classes. Only fully vaccinated students with health insurance were permitted to return to their campuses.

Students who have not yet completed their vaccination schedules or those who have not received COVID-19 jabs can continue schooling through remote learning.

The order is indicated in the CHED – Department of Health joint memorandum circular 2021-004.

Under Section IV.H of the memorandum circular, HEIs are tasked to ensure all students who will participate in the limited face-to-face classes must be registered with the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. or equivalent insurances that include coverage for expenses related to the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).

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