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The Chairman, Senate Committee on Health, Ibrahim Oloriegbe, says the senate has passed a bill that will make health insurance mandatory for all Nigerians.

Oloriegbe disclosed this at the inauguration of Group Individual and Family Social Health Insurance Programme (GIFSHIP) on Thursday in Abuja.

The chairman said the e-NHIS framework had been approved by the Federal Executive Council (FEC) and would soon be deployed.

He explained that the National Assembly had been supporting NHIS by appropriating the needed funds for its implementation, saying that the senate had been working with the Federal Ministry of Health to improve health coverage by giving the Basic Health Care Provision Fund (BHCPF) effective implementation.

In his remarks, the Chairman, Forum of CEOs, State Health Insurance Agencies in Nigeria, Niyi Oginni, said the states had been restructured to achieve the Universal Health Coverage (UHC).

Oginni said one of the challenges of the scheme was the electronic aspect of it, seeking for collaboration with NHIS to upgrade its operations electronically.

He, however, expressed worry over the news of a state that had announced to cut the salary of its workers by 50 per cent, saying “it will affect contributions to the health scheme.’’

Also speaking, Adeyeye Arigbabuwo, President, Healthcare Providers Association of Nigeria (HCPAN) expressed readiness to partner with NHIS to achieve the objectives of the GIFSHIP, commending the NHIS for introducing landmark programmes, especially health insurance under one roof.

Similarly, Chairman of Health and Managed Care Association of Nigeria, HMCAN, Leke Osunniyi, commended NHIS on the inauguration of GIFSHIP, saying that they were happy that their suggestions were captured in the programme.

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