IATF scraps medical insurance rule for college students in F-to-F classes

A mandatory medical insurance coverage will no longer be a requisite for college students who intend to attend face-to-face (F-to-F) classes.

On Thursday, the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) scrapped the said requirement through its Resolution No. 168-B.

“Upon the recommendation of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Section IV, item ‘H’ of the CHED-DOH (Department of Health) Joint Memorandum Circular No. 2021-004, pertaining to the medical insurance for students is hereby repealed,” the IATF said in its two-page issuance.

The repeal of the said requirement came as the number of new Covid-19 cases nationwide remained relatively low.

In its National Covid-19 Case Bulletin from May 16 to May 23, 2022, the Department of Health (DOH) detected 1,214 new active Covid-19 cases.

CHED and DOH initially mandated medical insurance to ensure college students, who may get infected while attending F-to-F classes will be able to get medical attention.

The said joint circular was affirmed by the IATF through its Resolution No. 164.

The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation earlier said it will help in providing medical assistance to college students covered by a health insurance policy.