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National Health Insurance Authority Bill 2022 Signed Into Law

Health Insurance

National Health Insurance Authority Bill 2022 Signed Into Law

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The National Health Insurance Authority Bill 2002 has been signed into law.

President Muhammadu Buhari signed this bill into law on Thursday.

This law invalidates the National Health Insurance Scheme Act, Cap N42, Laws of the Federation on Nigeria 2004.

A statement signed by Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, to the President revealed this.

According to President Buhari, this new law will set up a Fund “to ensure coverage of 83 million poor Nigerians who cannot afford to pay premiums as recommended by the Lancet Nigeria Commission.

“For the large number of vulnerable individuals who are not able to pay health insurance premiums, a Vulnerable Group Fund will be set up to include a component of the Basic Health Care Provision Fund due to the Authority, Health Insurance Levy, Special Intervention Fund, and any investment proceeds, donations and gifts to the Authority.”

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President Buhari said the Authority will collaborate with the state government Health Insurance scheme to accredit primary and secondary health facilities. Also, he said Nigerians will be enrolled on the scheme to enjoy quality healthcare delivery.

He revealed further that there will be activations by the state government to;

  • Develop information management systems.
  • Develop digital records for standard data collection, monitoring and quality assurance.

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He also tasked the Health Reform Committee to work with the relevant stakeholders to ensure the implementation of the articles in the new act.

These stakeholders are;

  • The Federal Ministry of Health.
  • State Governments.
  • The National Health Insurance Authority.

Source: PUNCH HealthWise

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