KATHMANDU, Jan 21: The government has started a process to incorporate family members of Nepali migrant workers into their health insurance policy.
The Health Insurance Board started the process in this regard with an objective to ensure access to easy and smooth health services to family members of the Nepali migrant workers. The Board has approved the 'Procedure to incorporate the family members of the Nepali migrant workers to health insurance policy-2078' as mentioned by the Health Insurance Act-2074 BS.
Information Officer of the Board, Shovit Rijal, said that the Board has been holding discussions with the Ministry of Labor, Employment and Social Security to implement the provision mentioned in the Act. He added the new provision would be brought into implementation once the Labor Ministry approves it.
With the approval of the procedure, every person aspiring to go to foreign employment has to submit the updated identity card of the family members while acquiring his/her labor permit.
The Board in coordination with the Department of Foreign Employment has to make an arrangement of incorporating the family members of the Nepali migrant workers while providing a labor permit for the same.
It is mentioned in the procedure that Nepali migrant workers have to renew the health insurance policy of the family members one month prior to the expiry of the policy. The Board wrote a letter to its all province offices and District offices directing them to extend necessary support to incorporate family members of Nepali migrant workers in the health insurance scheme.