The Social Security System said it approved 186,444 sickness benefit reimbursement applications submitted by 22,237 employers online through the My.SSS from July 2020 to April 2021, equivalent to over P1.35 billion worth of benefits.
The mandatory online submission of SBRA—that started on July 1, 2020—was imposed to reduce the processing time of sickness reimbursement claims and to eliminate the transmission of hard copies of claims from SSS branches to processing centers.
To submit the SBRA online, employers must be registered with the My.SSS portal and have an approved disbursement account under the Disbursement Account Enrollment Module.
There is no need for the employers to submit the hard copies of the SBRA and approved sickness notification (SN) when filing online, although they need to certify the amount of sickness benefit advanced to the employee, a press release from SSS said.
“We are glad that more employers are now using the My.SSS accounts to submit SBRAs, giving them comfort and security to transact with SSS even beyond office hours. It is a step ahead of the previous practice when they still have to wait for a hard copy of the approved sickness notification before physically submitting the SBRA documents,” SSS president and chief executive officer, Aurora Ignacio, said.
“However, we would like to remind our employers that sickness benefit claims for adjustment and/or refiling must be made thru the drop box system at SSS branches since the online facility only accepts new and initial claims with approved sickness notifications. Employers and company representatives are also advised to initially set an appointment with our SSS branches to avoid congestion in the branch offices,” Ignacio added.
Employers can access the complete step-by-step procedure on how to submit SBRAs online through this link: https://bit.ly/3fz68gx.*