President Muhammadu Buhari

New National Health Authority policy targets 83m vulnerable Nigerians: Presidency

*The Federal Government plans to institute a Fund ‘to ensure coverage of 83 million poor Nigerians’ to benefit from the newly-signed National Health Insurance Authority Law 2022

Alexander Davis | ConsumerConnect

The Federal Government has said the new National Health Insurance Authority Law 2022 is designed to cover 83 million Nigerians.

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

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ConsumerConnect reports Malam Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the President on Media and Publicity, in a statement issued Thursday, May 29, 2022, in Abuja, FCT, said that the bill repealed “the National Health Insurance Scheme Act, Cap N42, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004.”

Shehu noted President Buhari, at the signing of the law, said that 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.

“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.”

Buhari also stated that the Authority would liaise with state government Health Insurance Schemes to accredit primary and secondary health facilities and enroll Nigerians into the new scheme.

The government further said the arrangement would be part of measures to ensure the delivery of quality health care to Nigerian consumers.

The new Act also enables the Authority and state governments to develop information management systems and digital records to enhance data collection, monitoring, and quality assurance, said the presidential aide.

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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