The Senate has passed the National Health Insurance Bill , 2019 .
The bill was passed on Wednesday during the Plenary .
Titled , National Health Insurance Act, 2003 (Repeal and Re – enactment ) Bill 2019, it was named Senate Bill 278 .
Earlier in the day , chairman , Senate Committee on Health, Senator Lanre Tejuoso ( PDP- Ogun Central ), had presented the report of the committee.
Senator Philip Gyunka ( PDP- Nasarawa North) seconded the motion asking that the Senate consider the report of the Committee on Health on the National Health Insurance Act , 2003 (Repeal and Re -enactment ) Bill 2019 (SB . 278 ).
The Senate thereafter dissolved into the Committee of the Whole for the clause- by – clause consideration of the bill.
It was the read for the third time and the Senate passed it .
Reacting to the bill’ s passage , Senate President Bukola Saraki said , “I think it is the best gift we can give to all Nigerians to ensure that they have basic healthcare for everyone. ”
Saraki congratulated the chairman of Senate Health Committee , Senator Lanre Tejuoso ; and all those who worked on this bill , adding , “ it is a massive achievement towards achieving universal coverage in the country. ”

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