I wanted to do this post because I remembered when I was preparing for my own SSS and PhilHealth papers, I had a hard time looking for complete requirements and specific procedures on how to file for these government benefits, more specifically, the Maternity Benefit from SSS. There were limited sources on the Internet and nothing really personal. I think I had a difficult time because I was looking for someone’s own experience of the whole process (and not just from SSS and PhilHealth’s official websites) so that I wouldn’t have to waste time waiting in long lines (‘coz we know lines in government offices are LONG), just to be told that I have to come back because my requirements are incomplete or something.
So after doing research over the internet, I finally felt that I had everything I needed. I’ve always had the notion that when dealing with the government you’d be faced with incompetent and corrupt people (so you have to make sure that you have everything perfect), but surprisingly, in this whole journey of finally being able to get something back from the government, I didn’t have any major problems. It was a breeze. The government employees were not particularly pleasant but they got the job done. Good job. 🙂
Here’s what I did and where I filed my papers. Let’s see if I remember it right (eep!). I hope other expectant moms will find this post helpful. 🙂
By the way, all these is assuming that you are paying your SSS and PhilHealth fees. Also, I filed under self-employed. I believe the procedures and requirements for self-employed individuals are shorter and quicker.
To Claim PhilHealth Benefits
The Philhealth benefit was deducted from our hospital bill. Cardinal Santos Medical Center already had the papers prepared for us. I just had to fill up the CF1 form and they needed a copy of my Philhealth ID. Forms CF2 and CF3 were already prepared by the hospital.
You can download the forms here.
Getting my Philhealth ID was super easy, and FREE. Would you believe there’s still something free you can get from the government?!?! Anyway, these government satellite offices are so convenient, too. My husband and I went to Robinson’s Galleria Lingkod Pinoy area to get our IDs.
What You Need
1. Copy of your ID (Driver’s License or Passport)
2. Marriage Certificate (if you plan to change your name to your married name)
3. PhilHealth Number
The PhilHealth satellite office in Robinson’s Galleria didn’t have a real office space. There was just a counter. We told the people behind the counter that we wanted to get our IDs so they had us fill out a form. We submitted the other requirements, and they printed our updated MDR and new IDs within minutes. It was so quick I loved it!
To Claim SSS Benefits
After all these years, I still haven’t applied for my SSS ID. I never really felt the need to get it. I mean, you just need the SSS number, right? Well, like I said before, you don’t want to have any mistakes when claiming your benefits from the government. So, I went and applied (not for my SSS ID) for the UMID (or the Unified Multi-Purpose ID), thinking I could use it anywhere. By the way, it’s FREE, too. 🙂
I got my UMID about a month and a half after applying for it.
How To Get UMID
What You Need
1. ID (Driver’s License or Passport)
2. Accomplished form (download here)
We just passed the requirements. They digitally took our photos and signature. The acknowledgement stub was given back to us. Done! We just waited for it to be delivered to our house.
Reading about this UMID, I thought, other government bodies (at least PhilHealth) would honor this ID. Unfortunately, not all government employees are familiar with this. When I asked someone from PhilHealth if I could use my UMID, she just gave me a blank stare. She didn’t know about it. UMID seems just like your ordinary SSS ID.
Anyway, I’ve always tried doing chores and planning our schedules as efficiently as I could. For instance, when I planned to get our UMID, I also scheduled to submit my maternity notice form. You should submit your Maternity Notice Form at least 60 days from the date of conception.
Part 1: Submit Maternity Notice Form
We went to SSS Branch: F. Blumentritt because there were less people there according to my brother-in-law. I also found the employees there nice and accommodating.
What You Need
1. Accomplished SSS Maternity Notification Form. Unfortunately, the one I downloaded over the Internet was outdated so I filled out the new form at their office. I just asked the nice guy giving out queue numbers what form I needed.
2. Proof of pregnancy. I brought my first ultrasound result.
3. SSS ID or UMID or 2 Valid IDs. Since I was just about to apply for my ID, I brought my passport and driver’s license.
I just submitted the form and requirements. It was stamped and returned to me immediately. These would have to be filed together with other requirements after I give birth.
Note: When filing for your reimbursement, you will have to wait for the certified true or authenticated copy of your child’s duly registered birth certificate. We waited until we got a copy from city hall (for a small fee, the person handling birth certificates in Cardinal Santos Medical Center handled this for us).
Part 2: Reimbursement Process
What You Need
1. Stamped Maternity Notification Form
2. Accomplished MAT-2 Form (Maternity Reimbursement Form)
3. SSS ID/UMID and the “Pink” paper (SS Form E-1)
4. Certified true or authenticated copy of your child’s duly registered birth certificate
Just submit all forms and requirements. The person I dealt with asked to see the original authenticated copy of Light’s birth certificate but returned it back to me right after. The acknowledgement stub was handed to me and that was it. After a month I got my reimbursement cheque already. 🙂
Last Tip: Bring both the original and photocopies of your IDs. Some government employees would ask for the original. It’s always better to be prepared. 🙂
UPDATE January 2018: There’s a new form for self employed members in the reimbursement process. Get the form here. You will also need to photocopy your ATM card, write down your bank account number and account name, and bank branch on it. Make sure it’s a personal account. Your SSS benefit will be deposited to your account, not sent through mail anymore. This is SSS’ SMEC-PB program. I got mine about 1 month after submitting my requirements. 🙂