The country’s health insurance sector is set for reforms, as plans are being made by the National Assembly to repeal the existing National Health Insurance Scheme Act, Cap. N42, LFN 2004, and replace it with the National Health Insurance Commission Act.
The bill, which was sponsored by the Chairman, Senate Committee on Health, Senator Olarewaju Tejuoso, passed second reading last week.
One of the reforms being planned is to make it compulsory for employers of labour with at least five workers to subscribe to the scheme.
The new bill is entitled: ‘A bill for an Act to repeal the National Health Insurance Scheme Act, Cap. N42, LFN 2004, and to enact the National Health Insurance Commission Bill, 2017, enacted by the National Assembly of Nigeria’.
The aims are to ensure a more effective implementation of a national health insurance policy that will enhance access to health care services to all Nigerians, as well as promote and effectively regulate health insurance schemes in the country.
Section 1 of the bill states that a body to be known as the National Health Insurance Commission will be established.
The principal objective of the commission will be to ensure the effective implementation of a national health insurance policy that enhances access to health care services to all Nigerians; promote and regulate health commencement; and establishes the National Health Insurance Commission health insurance schemes in Nigeria.
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