President Muhammadu Buhari has said that 83 million poor Nigerians will benefit from the National Health Insurance Authority Bill 2022 he signed into law.
Presidential aide, Garba Shehu, revealed this in a statement on Thursday.
The National Health Insurance Authority Act 2022 replaced the repealed National Health Insurance Scheme Act Cap N42, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004.
President Buhari said with the new law, 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.
The President announced that the Authority would collaborate with state government’s health insurance schemes to accredit primary and secondary health facilities and enroll Nigerians into the scheme in order to ensure the delivery of quality health care.
President Buhari tasked 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.