Akwa- Ibom State House of Assembly has passed the bill for the establishment of the State Health Insurance Agency and Scheme into law, commending Governor Udom Emmanuel for making budgetary provision of N600 million for the scheme. The bill was passed after the third reading on the floor of the House during yesterday’s plenary presided over by the Speaker, Mr. Onofiok Luke. While passing the law, Luke explained that the State Health Insurance Bill brings to a total of 15, out 40 bills passed by the current Assembly during the second legislative year. Luke, who was the lead sponsor of the bill, noted that the budgetary provision of N600 million by Governor Emmanuel will help the smooth take-off of scheme, adding that citizens will count on the wisdom of the state executive to appoint competent hands to manage the agency created by the law. The Speaker who listed some of the reasons that prompted the law, said: “First, is the fact that this House believes that every Akwa Ibom citizen deserves access to good and affordable healthcare services. “Also, experts aver that the domestication of the scheme will not only spur equitable distribution of healthcare costs among different income groups, but protect families from the hardship of huge medical bills.