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Parliament of Uganda passes the national health insurance (NHI) bill

On March 31, 2021, the Ugandan parliament passed the NHI bill that outlines the general structure for a first-ever national social health insurance scheme in Uganda. It was passed with a pre-set benefits package that includes a range of essential health services including family planning counseling and services. The scheme will be financed by a combination of employee and government contributions, governed by a Board of Directors, and aims to cover all Ugandans when fully implemented. The specific policy and implementation details will evolve after the President agrees to sign it into law. This achievement comes after decades of engagement and consultations between civil society and government stakeholders. The bill was first approved by the cabinet on June 14, 2019.


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