SSS Maternity Benefit

 

Maternity benefit is a daily cash allowance granted to a female member who was unable to work due to childbirth or miscarriage. The maternity benefit is equivalent to 100 per cent of the member’s average daily salary credit multiplied by 60 days for normal delivery or miscarriage, 78 days for caesarean section delivery.

 

Deliveries covered under existing laws: The maternity benefit shall be paid only for the first four (4) deliveries or miscarriages starting May 24, 1997 when the Social Security Act of 1997 (RA8282) took effect.

 

Qualifications for Entitlement of Maternity Benefit:

·    Have given the required notification of her pregnancy through her employer if employed, or to the SSS if separated, voluntary or self-employed member.

·    Paid at least three monthly maternity contributions within the 12-month period before the semester of her childbirth or miscarriage.

 

Procedures on How to Avail:

·         As soon as a member becomes pregnant, she must immediately notify her employer (if employed) or the SSS (if separated/voluntary/self-employed) of such pregnancy and the probable date of her childbirth at least 60 days from the date of conception by accomplishing SSS FORM MAT-1 (Maternity Notification Form) and by submitting proof of pregnancy.

Ř     The employer must, in turn, notify the SSS through the submission of the maternity notification form and proof of pregnancy immediately after the receipt of the notification from the employee member.

Ř  Failure to observe the rule on notification may result to the denial of the maternity claim.

 

 

Forms needed in filing:

·         For employed members:

Ř  SSS Form MAT-1 (Maternity Notification) duly stamped and received by SSS;

Ř  SSS Form MAT-2 (Maternity Reimbursement);

Ř  Other documents:

 

o    Normal delivery - certified true or authenticated copy of duly registered birth certificate. In case the child dies or is a stillborn, duly registered death or fetal death certificate.

o    Caesarean delivery – certified or authenticated copy of duly registered birth certificate and certified true copy of operating room record/surgical memorandum.

o    Miscarriage or abortion - obstetrical history stating the number of pregnancy certified by the attending physician and dilatation and curettage (D&C) report for incomplete abortion, pregnancy test before and after abortion with age of gestation and hystopath report for complete abortion.

o    SSS digitized ID or E-6 acknowledgement stub with two valid IDs, one of which with recent photo.

o    To ensure receipt of benefits by members authorized company representatives who file maternity benefit claim shall present the members SSS digitized ID or E-6 acknowledgement stub with two valid IDs (at least one with photo). This requirement is in addition to the presentation by the company representative’s own SSS digitized ID and blue-card.

 

·         For separated members:

Ř    Items A to C of required documents for employed members.

Ř  Certification from last employer showing the effective date of separation from employment or notice of company’s closure/strike or certification from the   Department of Labor and Employment that the employee or employer has a pending labor case.

Ř    Certification that no advance payment was granted (if confinement days applied for are within or prior to separation).

Ř  SSS digitized ID or E-6 acknowledgement stub with two valid IDs, one of which with recent photo.

·         For self-employed/voluntary members:

Ř  Items A to C of required documents for employed members.

Ř     SSS digitized ID or E-6 acknowledgement stub with two valid IDs, one of which with recent photo.

 

 

Where to file:

bullet For employed and separated members - applications may be filed at the SSS branch where the employer and employee records are based.
bullet For voluntary/self-employed members - application forms may be filed at any SSS branch nearest the members’ residence or where her record is based.