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Nasarawa Assembly passes health insurance bill for affordable healthcare to residents

Nasarawa state House of Assembly on Wednesday passed the bill for a law to provides the Nasarawa State Health Insurance Scheme 2018, to ensure that every resident of the state have access to good and affordable healthcare services.

Speaker of the House Ibrahim Balarabe Abdullahi, who disclosed this during the house proceeding in Lafia, said that the aim of the scheme was to provide mandatory health insurance which shall entitle the insured person, their spouse and four children to get effective, affordable and minimal cost healthcare services.

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The speaker added that the scheme shall be mandatory and apply to all residents of the state except those who have proof of coverage by the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) or other health scheme

Abdullahi reiterated that the state health insurance scheme would also protect families from financial hardship of huge medical bills, adding, “The objectives of the scheme shall be to control the rise cost of health care services and to ensure equitable distribution of health care costs among different income group. It is also to maintain high standard of healthcare delivery services and to ensure efficiency in healthcare services,” he said.

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He also revealed that the law makes provision for the establishment of the state Health Insurance Agency and Governing Board to promote, regulate, supervise, implement and ensure effective administration of the scheme.

The speaker commended governor Tanko Al-Makura for initiating the bill and restated the assembly commitment to continue to enact laws that would have direct bearing on the lives of the people of the state.


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