April 8: The Health Insurance Board is expanding its health insurance programmes to six more districts.
The board announced the extension of the insurance programme in six more districts while organising an event on April 7.
Minister for Health and Population Hridayesh Tripathi launched a virtual health insurance programme in Taplejung, Bara, Sarlahi, Dolakha, Manang, and Mustang during the event.
With the extension, access to health insurance has now reached 75 districts across the country. The board is yet to launch the insurance programme in Kathmandu and Lalitpur. Executive Director of the Board Damodar Basaula informed that the board is preparing to start the programme in the remaining two districts within this fiscal year.
Inaugurating the programme, Health Minister Tripathi said that the government is serious about improving the health system. He also stressed the need for all the employees to be serious in making the programme effective.
Minister Tripathi has directed all concerned bodies to make the insurance facilities easily accessible to the people as some insured people are still complaining that they haven't been able to avail the facilities.
Likewise, the board has launched the health insurance program on the Nagarik App to help individuals view and download information online. The programme was started on April 8, 2019, from Kailali, Ilam, and Baglung to provide health insurance to all Nepalis.