Insurance: Kaduna Vulnerable Population to Stop Receiving Healthcare Services by July
…..as Govt fails to pay 1% CRF
By Uangbaoje Alex, Kaduna
Hope dims for vulnerable population in Kaduna State as the free healthcare services provided them under the State Health Insurance Scheme might stop by 1st July, 2023.
This is because the state government has failed to remit her pledged 1% Consolidated Revenue Fund (CRF), meant to service their healthcare needs.
The Director General, Kaduna State Contributory Health Management Authority (KADCHMA), Abubakar Hassan, made the revelation on Monday, when he played host to Kaduna Maternal Accountability Mechanism (KADMAM), a health sector Civil Societies Coalition, who were in his office to get an update regarding state government’s remittance of its commitment of the 1% CRF.
The State Government under Malam Nasir el-Rufai, had made a commitment to earmark 1% of its CRF to the Authority for the provision of free health care services to the vulnerable population enrolled by the state.
The target beneficiaries are children under five years, pregnant women, the elderly, and people living with disabilities
According to the DG, the 1% CRF by the government, which was supposed to be remitted monthly was meant to cover the equity for the Basic Healthcare Provision Fund (BHCPF), counterpart funding to the Federal Government, provide services for the vulnerable populations identified by the state to increase the number of vulnerable been taken care of by the FG.
He said, unfortunately, despite the fact that the former governor had approved the release of the fund and his agency written series of memos, the Accountant General of the State refused to cash back the fund for the authority to continue to provide services for the beneficiaries.
The implication of withholding the fund part from ending service provision for the vulnerable population according to Hassan, is the fact that the State will stop accessing the BHCPF wallet by the end of June if the state counterpart is not paid.
“There’s a problem now, they wrote a letter to the Governor (former) recently to say that for us to access the fund 100%, we most show evidence of payment of our counterpart funding. We wrote a letter to the governor about the amount that was required and he approved it.
“He spoke to Planning and Budget Commission and about N150m was approved for release to Finance Ministry, but till now nothing has been done. By the end of June, the vulnerable populations in Kaduna will not have Capitation to pay for their services.” He said.
Earlier, Mrs. Dorcas Adeyemi, KADMAM’s Advocacy Sub-committee Chair, had requested the DG to update the team with the current situation of the state government’s remittance of the 1% CRF, noting that the mechanism was on a follow up visit after their last meeting with him.