As the Chairman of the NBA Welfare Committee, I have the honour and privilege of being placed in charge of developing policy and implementing the welfare agenda of the NBA. If I am elected President, members can expect enhancement of existing welfare schemes and development of new ones for the improvement of their health and well-being.
2.1. Medical/Health Insurance
The NBA Medical & Health Insurance Scheme is part of the mandate of the NBA Welfare Committee which I currently have the privilege to chair. On 2 May 2021, the NBA signed an MOU with the NHIS, having negotiated a N15, 000 premium for members to subscribe and be enrolled into the NBA NHIS GIFSHIP (Group Individual and Family Social Health
Insurance for Policy).
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N15, 000, 000 was paid for 1, 000 members of the association under the pilot scheme. Access cards were issued to beneficiaries under the pilot scheme. Other members of the Association have also subscribed to the scheme at N15, 000.
We shall build and consolidate on the gains of the scheme. In addition to renewing the subscription for the 1, 000 members in the pilot scheme in the first year, we will pay for an additional 1, 000 members for each year of our administration. This will bring the total number of our members on the scheme to 3, 000 at no cost to them.
The additional numbers of beneficiaries will target 50% lawyers of between 1 to 7 years post-call while the remaining 50% will be spread among other groups with no less than 100 physically challenged lawyers.
Furthermore, our administration will enter into partnership(s) with health institutions to secure subsidised fees for medical/laboratory services. The NBA-Medicaid Cancer Foundation partnership will be consolidated. This is to help members to stem the rising tide of cancer related ailments through early detection and medication.
2.2. Free medical Outreaches
Our administration will work closely with all branches of the NBA, to encourage and support periodic free medical outreaches at the branch level.
- To be continued.