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Acquaintance with Health Insurance Act 2022 imperative- Stakeholders

With the signing into law of the National Health Insurance Act 2022 on May 19, 2022, there is a need for stakeholders to get acquainted with what is obtainable in the new Act in order to make healthcare services available to everyone.

This formed the premise of a stakeholders’ forum organized by NHIA in Akure Ondo State.

In an opening address, Ondo State coordinator NHIA Dr Adebisi Adebiyi informed that the new Act, which is encompassing, would promote, regulate and integrate all health care providers and health maintenance organizations, HMOs, but at the federal and state level to ensure seamless service delivery.

Dr Adebiyi stressed that one peculiarity of the Act is the development of a basic minimum package health scheme BMPHS for every Nigerian so they can access health insurance services regardless of where they are at any given time.

Head of Standard and Quality Assurance Department, NHIA, Ondo State, Dr Bunmi Oluwasaanu emphasised that healthcare providers and HMOs must revert to NHIA in cases where there are issues of generating codes, and financial claims among others.

The Director General, Ondo State Contributory Health Commission, ODCHC Dr Abiodun Oyeneyin said efforts are ongoing to get more people to enrol on the scheme.

Buttressing this, Director Standard and Quality Assurance, ODCHC Mr Amos Ayebusi informed that over 20000 women have benefited from the.  ” abiyamo” free health scheme in the state.

Participants at the forum thanked the authority for the interface while appealing for more sensitisation of enrollees on their rights to quality health services under the scheme.

Others who spoke expressed the hope that service delivery of care providers and HMOs would improve especially now that the act is being implemented nationwide.

Augustina Bajeh

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