NBA seals improved insurance deal for lawyers

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The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) has concluded a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Leadway Assurance Plc which enhanced the insurance products and benefits for all financial members of the association.

 

The development is  part of the efforts of the leadership of the NBA to ensure improved welfare of members of the association.

The association has also opened negotiation with National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) to provide insurance cover for members.

No fewer than 1,000 of its members will benefit in the pilot  health insurance scheme.

NBA National Publicity Secretary, Dr Rapulu Nduka gave details of the deals in a statement.

Under the MoU, all lawyers who paid their Bar Practice Fee (BPF) on or before  March 31, 2021 will, at no extra cost, have access to  N2 million as Life Insurance cover representing a 100 per cent increase from what obtained in the past.

The details of the MoU also provided that lawyers who suffer any ailment that qualifies as critical Illness under the policy will get N1 million as benefit and a further N1millon payable if the member unfortunately passes on.

The MoU between the two parties also provided for “ N1million for accidental permanent disability, with a further N1millon if the member unfortunately passes on; N60,000 to cover any medical expenses related to accidents; and free telemedicine access for lawyers with medical doctors approved by Leadway.

Similarly, the NBA is in advanced its negotiations with the NHIS to provide insurance cover at discounted rates, for members of the association who subscribe to the scheme.

To kick-start the NBA-NHIS Health Insurance Scheme, the NBA will, as a part of the pilot phase, be paying the health insurance premium for 1,000 lawyers selected from all branches of the NBA by a team led by the Chairperson of each Branch.

A statement by the Welfare Secretary, Kunle Edun, said the scheme was introduced in line with Section 3(12) and (13) of the NBA Constitution and further to the NBA President’s agenda to improve access to healthcare for its members.

Edun explained that the scheme seeks to provide free health insurance to 1,000 financial members of the association, for a period of one year, as a prelude to the subsequent enrolment of all members into the NHIS at concessionary rates.

He said all branches of the NBA are to nominate four  members, who meet the eligibility criteria prescribed by the NBA, to participate in the pilot scheme.

Of these four beneficiaries, two  shall be young lawyers between one to seven years post call and shall not be over 30 years of age) while two  shall be senior lawyers who are 60 years of age and above.

All branches, he explained, are required to constitute a branch selection committee comprising of the the Chairman (Chair of the Committee);  Welfare Secretary (Secretary of the Committee) and a nominee of the NBA President.

According to Edun, the branch selection committee shall be responsible for nominating beneficiaries under the scheme who meet the eligibility criteria prescribed.

The eligibility criteria included payment of BPF and branch dues for the year 2021; he or she must be acknowledged by the branch as a member who is unable to afford medical insurance; must  be in good standing with the association; and must furnish the branch with his/her blood group and genotype.

He said branches with membership strength of 500, 1,000, 1,500,  2,000, 2,500, 3,000, 3,500,4,000, 4,500, 5,000 and above are entitled to nominate additional beneficiaries of 2, 4 , 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18 and 20 respectively.

The NBA fixed May 4 as deadline for the submission of list beneficiaries and all supporting documents  at ezekiel.david@nigerianbar.org.ng.

He said disqualification of a nominated beneficiary from the scheme will be as a result of failure by the member to meet the eligibility criteria as specified;  failure by the branch selection committee to submit the branch nominee form on or before the stipulated deadline; and failure by the branch selection committee to properly execute the branch nominee submission form.

“In the event of a disqualification as a result of the occurrence of any or all of the aforementioned events, the affected Branch shall lose the opportunity of selecting any other beneficiary and the national Secretariat shall nominate a beneficiary to fill the resultant vacancy”, he stated.


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