FG plans health insurance for pensioners, sets up panel
The Federal Government has set up a committee to look into the provision of health insurance for retired federal workers. The Executive Secretary of Pension Transition Arrangement Directorate, Dr Chioma Ejikeme, disclosed this at the South East stakeholders’ forum on Thursday, in Enugu. She said, “The government, under the auspices of the Federal Ministry of Health, has established a ministerial committee to look into the issue of providing health insurance for senior citizens. “PTAD and representatives of the Nigerian Union of Pensioners are members of this committee. We are consequently in collaboration with some of our stakeholders, including the National Health Insurance Scheme, the National Senior Citizens Centre, and Federal Ministry of Health, to see how making health insurance available to our pensioners can be a reality.” She said PTAD formally launched the ‘I Am Alive’ confirmation platform, an online application to confirm that pensioners on its monthly pension payroll are alive and should continue to receive their pension. Ejikeme said the web-based platform was designed to enable its pensioners to easily confirm this from the comfort of their homes or neighbourhood using either a smartphone or a computer system. According to her, the solution takes the pensioner through a three-step confirmation process that ends with a text message response.