SSS releases P1.75 billion sickness benefits

Published September 3, 2021, 2:33 PM

by Chino S. Leyco

State-run Social Security System (SSS) said more employers are now getting acquainted in submitting sickness benefit reimbursement applications (SBRA) online.

SSS mobile app

In a statement, Aurora C. Ignacio, SSS president and chief executive officer said Friday, Sept. 3, that the pension fund received and approved 239,995 online SBRA since July last year, amounting to P1.75 billion.

“Using our electronic services like SBRA is a good indication that employers are aware of their employee’s right to social security, specifically in availing their sickness benefits,” Ignacio said.

Under the SSS Law, employers are expected to pay in advance their employee’s sickness benefits and submit these claims to SSS for reimbursement.

In July 2020, SSS implemented the mandatory online filing of SBRA for employers through the My.SSS Portal to ensure the uninterrupted delivery of service while the country is still under various quarantine restrictions.

“At the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic last year, SSS has already fast-tracked its digital transformation initiatives so that our members and employers can conveniently transact with us,” Ignacio added.

To submit SBRAs online, employers must have a registered employer account in the My.SSS portal, with savings account number enrolled in the Disbursement Account Enrollment Module (DAEM).

Only SS sickness applications for new or initial claims with approved notification shall be filed through the E-Services menu of the employer’s account.

The date of submission by the employer shall serve as the date of filing of the SS SBRA. The step-by-step guide on the online submission of SBRAs can be accessed at MYSSSPH, the official YouTube channel of the Philippine Social Security System

Employers should also certify that the amount of sickness benefit was advanced to the employee based on the approved sickness notification in accordance with Section 14 of R.A. No. 11199, or the Social Security Act of 2018.

To avoid the reduction or denial of sickness claims, the online notification system for sickness benefit through the SSS website was established in 2015 to enable employers to notify the SSS of their employee’s fact of sickness or injury and be able to view online the status.

However, the deadline for filing of Sickness Notification (SN) and SBRA has remained extended for illnesses or injuries incurred on March 1, 2020 onwards until the lifting of the Enhanced Community Quarantine/General Community Quarantine in the country, after which they are still given 60 days to file their claims.