The Federal Government has revealed how the recently signed National Health Insurance Authority Bill 2022 will cover about 83 million poor Nigerians who cannot afford to pay health insurance premiums.
According to the government, a Vulnerable Group Fund will be established, which will contain a portion of the Basic Health Care Provision Fund owing to the authority, the Health Insurance Levy, the Special Intervention Fund, and any investment proceeds, donations, and presents to authorities.
This information was revealed in a statement released by Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, on his official Twitter account on Friday, May 20, 2022, in which he stated that President Muhammadu Buhari had just signed the National Health Insurance Authority Bill 2022.
According to Shehu, the president indicated during the signing of the bill that the authority would partner with state government health insurance plans to accredit primary and secondary health facilities and enroll Nigerians in the program to ensure the delivery of quality health services.
Garba said, ‘’President Buhari said at the signing of the new law that a fund will be set up to ensure coverage of 83 million poor Nigerians who cannot afford to pay premium as recommended by 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 authorities.’’
He also pointed out that the new act enables the authority and state governments to develop information management systems and digital records for better data collection, monitoring and quality assurance.