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Buhari signs national health authority bill into law

THE National Health Insurance Authority Bill 2022 was signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari, repealing the National Health Insurance Scheme Act, Cap N42, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004.

Malam Garba Shehu, the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, confirmed this in an Abuja statement on Thursday. Buhari pledged that a fund will be established “to ensure coverage of 83 million poor Nigerians who cannot afford to pay premiums as recommended by the Lancet Nigeria Commission” at the signing of the new law.

The president further elaborated on how the fund would be sourced, saying that: “For the large number of vulnerable individuals who are not able to pay health insurance premiums, a Vulnerable Group Fund will be set up.

”This will 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.”

According to him, the body will work with state government Health Insurance Schemes to accredit primary and secondary health facilities and enroll Nigerians in the program so that quality health care may be delivered.

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

As a result, the president charged the Health Reform Committee with coordinating the implementation of the new Act’s articles with state governments, the Federal Ministry of Health, and the National Health Insurance Authority.

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