The Nasarawa State House of Assembly has passed the Health Insurance Scheme bill 2018 to make health care services accessible to residents.
The House Speaker, Ibrahim Balarabe-Abdullahi announced the passage of the bill following a motion by the Majority Leader, Tanko Tunga, during plenary in Lafia.
The Health Insurance Scheme bill 2018 was an executive bill.
The speaker said that the aim of the scheme was to provide mandatory health insurance, which would entitle the insured person, their spouse as well as four children to obtain effective and affordable health care services.
According to him, the scheme will be mandatory and apply to all residents of the state except those who have proof of coverage by the National Health Insurance Scheme or other health schemes.
Balarabe-Abdullahi said that the health insurance scheme would also protect families from financial hardship and huge medical bills.
“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 groups.
It is also aimed at maintaining high standard of health care delivery services and to ensure efficiency in health care services.”
He added that the bill makes provision for the establishment of the state Health Insurance Agency and Governing Board with the aim to promote, regulate, supervise and implement the scheme effectively.
The speaker commended Governor Umaru Al-Makura for initiating the bill while restating the assembly’s commitment to continue to enact laws that would have direct bearing on the lives of the people of the state.