Buhari approves National Health Insurance Authority Bill

President Muhammadu Buhari has signed the National Health Insurance Authority Bill 2022, into law.

According to a statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, the new law repealed the National Health Insurance Scheme Act, Cap N42, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004.

The President said a Fund would be set up “to ensure coverage of 83 million poor Nigerians, who cannot afford to pay premiums as recommended by the Lancet Nigeria Commission.”

He elaborated on how the Fund would be sourced: “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.”

He announced that the Authority would collaborate with state government health insurance schemes to accredit primary and secondary health facilities and enroll Nigerians into the scheme, to ensure the delivery of quality health care.

The new Act also allows the Authority and state governments to develop information management systems and digital records for better data collection, monitoring, and quality assurance.

Buhari urged the Health Reform Committee to work with state governments, the Federal Ministry of Health, and the National Health Insurance Authority to ensure the implementation of the articles in the new Act.



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