Osun: Assembly passes Health Insurance Bill

Osun: Assembly passes Social Protection Bill 2018
Najeem Salam

In its bid to ensure the people of Osun State have access  to quality and affordable healthcare services as well as protection against huge medical bills, the State House of Assembly has passed the State of Osun Health Insurance Scheme Bill, 2018, into law.

The bill was passed into law on Wednesday at a plenary chaired by Speaker, Najeem Salam.

In a statement signed by the Chairman, House Committee on Information and Strategy, Hon. Olatunbosun Oyintiloye, the House said that although the bill was an Act of the National Assembly, 2014, it was domesticated in the state.

The motion for the passage of the bill was moved by Dejo Bello (Boripe/Boluwaduro) and seconded by the Chairman, House Committee on Health,  Oyeleke Ogunsola (Ayedire) after the adoption by the Assembly.

At the plenary, the House noted that there were several benefits in the adoption of the scheme by the state, including access to grant of about $22 million, which Osun stands to benefit as one of the three pioneering states, and one per cent (1%) of the Federal Allocation.

The Assembly stressed that the bill, when signed into law by the governor, would pave the way for indigenes and residents of the state to have access to quality and affordable health care services as well as protection against huge medical bills.

After the passage of the bill, the Speaker who commended his colleagues for their diligence pointed out that the scheme would provide several medical benefits for the people of the state.