Buhari signs health insurance bill into law

The Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has signed into law the National Health Insurance Authority Bill 2022, adding that the development is part of his administration’s efforts to ensure health coverage for Nigerians.

Penpushing reports that, Buhari made this known on his Twitter handle on Thursday, explaining that  the new bill repeals the National Health Insurance Scheme(NHIS) Act which has been in existence since 2004.

“As part of our healthcare reforms, I have signed into law the recently passed National Health Insurance Authority Bill 2022, which repeals the National Health Insurance Scheme Act. We will ensure the full implementation of the new Act, to provide coverage for all Nigerians,” he said.

Penpushing further reports that, Buhari stressed that the new National Health Insurance Authority will collaborate with state government health insurance schemes to accredit primary and secondary healthcare facilities and ensure the enrollment of Nigerians.

The spokesman of the President, Garba Shehu, in a subsequent statement issued said a fund will be set up to ensure coverage of 83 million Nigerians who cannot afford to pay premiums as recommended by the Lancet Nigeria Commission.

“Vulnerable group fund  will be financed through the basic health care provision fund, health insurance levy, special intervention fund, as well as any investment proceeds, donations, and gifts to the authority’, the statement said.

Penpushing also reports that, Shehu in the statement explained that this will cover the large number of vulnerable individuals who are not able to pay health insurance premiums.

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