Accelerating the Implementation of the NHIA to Improve Health Insurance Coverage in Nigeria
The enactment of the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) Act in May 2022 has been lauded as a giant step towards addressing barriers to the achievement of Universal Health Coverage (UHC). Aimed at bridging the gaps in the NHIS legislation, which it replaced, the Act also makes health insurance mandatory for every Nigerian and legal resident and authorises the NHIA to improve and leverage private sector participation in the provision of healthcare services. The NHIA is taking steps to ensure the proper implementation of the Act by developing strategies and roadmaps for its implementation. However, the successful implementation of the NHIA Act requires a collaborative effort from all stakeholders: the government, healthcare providers, insurance companies, and the general public. Therefore, as planning for the implementation of the Act continues, it is imperative to involve these stakeholders in a discussion to foster understanding, increase awareness and sustain interest.