President Muhammadu Buhari has signed the National Health Insurance Bill 2022 into Law, the law makes Health Insurance mandatory for all Nigerians.
FG stated that the law will ensure an effective implementation of a national health insurance policy that ensures the attainment of Universal Health Coverage in Nigeria.
The President said “As part of our healthcare reforms, I have signed into law the recently passed National Health Insurance Authority Bill 2022, which repeals the National Health Insurance Scheme Act. We will ensure the full implementation of the new Act, to provide coverage for all Nigerians.”
“The new National Health Insurance Authority will collaborate with State Government Health Insurance Schemes to accredit primary and secondary healthcare facilities, and ensure the enrollment of Nigerians.”
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters, House of Representatives, Umar El-Yakub also released a statement on the new Health Insurance saying;
“Today, His Excellency President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR assented to the National Health Insurance Bill, 2022 recently passed by the National Assembly. This Act makes health insurance mandatory in Nigeria. Indeed this is a milestone legislation and legacy achievement for his administration.”
“This Act repeals the National Health Insurance Scheme Act, Cap. N42, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 and enacts the National Health Insurance Authority Act, to ensure an effective implementation of a national health insurance policy that ensures the attainment of Universal Health Coverage in Nigeria.”
“Essentially, this Act will promote, integrate, regulate all health insurance schemes in Nigeria, devise a mechanism for ensuring provision of basic health care needs to the indigents and accelerate the attainment of Universal Health Care Coverage for all Nigerians, in line with the global Sustainable Development Goals.”
“Nigerians, irrespective of socio-economic status will now have easy financial access to quality healthcare which will go a long way in reducing the high burden of morbidity and mortality in the Country.”
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