The National Assembly on Thursday said it is planning to exempt the National Health Insurance Scheme and other emergency-related agencies from the Treasury Single Account of the Federal Government.
This was stated by Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Health, Hon. Chike Okafor, represented by the deputy chairman of the committee, Muhammad Usman during a three-day NHIS management retreat in Kaduna with the theme: “Repositioning the NHIS towards achieving Universal Health Coverage.”
He said, “It is the legislative agenda of the eighth Assembly to ensure that easy access to health care for all Nigerians is achieved; and it is my resolve to give every necessary legislative assistance to ensure the realisation of the scheme’s statutory mandate.
“As such, it is my resolve as a legislator to call for the removal of the National Health Insurance Fund from the TSA, as it is wrong, based on the Act establishing the scheme.
“This fund is contributors’ fund and should not be warehoused in the TSA but should be reinvested and the proceeds used for cross-subsidy in the informal sector.
“I would like to introduce a legislative bill to remove it and will need your support in achieving that.
“Such commitment to the future of Nigeria will be the greatest achievement by the health sector and the eighth Assembly Legislative Health Agenda.”
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