The Social Security System will start accepting online Maternity Benefit Applications and Maternity Benefit Reimbursement Applications, through the My.SSS portal on its website, its president and chief executive officer, Aurora Ignacio, said.
The online filing will start today in line with its scheduled mandatory implementation that will take effect on September 1, 2021.
Drop box or over-the-counter filing will still be allowed at the SSS Branch Office/Foreign Representative Office/Medical Evaluation Center until August 31, its press release said.
“As part of our digitalization initiatives, the SSS has now allowed maternity benefit applications to be filed online, along with sickness benefit reimbursement, unemployment, retirement, and funeral,” Ignacio said. “We recognize the current situation of our female members, who are high-risk individuals to Covid-19 infection. Their health and safety remain our top priority,” she added.
Maternity benefit covers all female self-employed, voluntary, overseas Filipino worker, non-working spouse members, and female members who are separated from employment and have not yet received any advance payment of maternity benefit from their previous employers.
Maternity benefit reimbursement covers all employers, including household employers.
Online filing through the member or employer’s My.SSS account applies to all initial or new claims, and cases for adjustments, including if the member is qualified as a solo parent, with correction on the type of delivery from normal to caesarian delivery or from miscarriage to ectopic pregnancy with operation, if the SSS computation is higher than the employer’s computation;
Additional posted contributions will increase the benefit amount, correction of the approved number of compensable days from 60 for normal delivery or 78 for caesarian section delivery, to 105 days, and the allocation of leave credits was not used due to separation from employment of the child’s father or qualified alternate caregiver.
Required supporting documents corresponding to the type of claim need to be scanned and uploaded by the filer for review by SSS, the press release added.*