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2016/2017 Budget Debate by the Hon. Philip E. Davis, Minister of Works Urban Development and Deputy Prime Minister
June 21, 2016
2016/2017 Budget Debate by the Hon. Philip E. Davis, Minister of Works & Urban Development and Deputy Prime Minister

As I rise again to honour the constituents of Cat Island, Rum Cay, and San Salvador, I declare my absolute support of the Budget communicated by our Prime Minister, the Rt. Honourable Member for Centreville on 25th May 2016.

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July 08, 2016
GEICO commercials more entertaining than 'The Legend of Tarzan'

For at least two decades now, the television advertisements for the Government Employees Insurance Company out of the U.S. have been hilarious, satirical treats, and some of the most entertaining nuggets on the small screen.

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July 12, 2016
NHI Secretariat engaging with Bahamians and Stakeholders at home and abroad

The NHI Secretariat continued to meet with Bahamians across the archipelago with stops in Mayaguana, Abaco, Acklins and Crooked Island during the month of June, as well as engaging with stakeholder and travelling to South Africa for a bilateral exchange of information.

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July 14, 2016
Hon. Shane Gibson expresses condolences on the passing of Mr. Percy Sweeting

The Hon. D. Shane Gibson, Minister of Labour & National Insurance is profoundly saddened by the death of Mr. Percy Sweeting, President of the Bahamas Musicians Entertainers Union on Monday July 11, 2016.

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July 19, 2016
Commentary by Elcott Coleby - This Week in The Bahamas (11-15 July, 2016)

The Bahamas Parliament met on Wednesday of this week to debate two historic pieces of legislation: The University of The Bahamas Bill and the Construction Contractors Bill.

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Bahamas National Health Insurance NHI Bill Tabled
August 04, 2016
Bahamas National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill Tabled

Today, the Hon. Dr. Perry Gomez, Minister of Health tabled the National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill.

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August 04, 2016
Gomez hints at funding method as Health Insurance Bill tabled

HEALTH Minister Dr. Perry Gomez yesterday hinted at how the government may decide to fund the National Health Insurance scheme as it expands in scope, noting that other countries have taxed "unhealthy substances" like alcohol and tobacco as well as high salt and high sugar products to fund healthcare.

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August 12, 2016
Anger at Turnquest questions over NHI

MEMBERS of Parliament engaged in a heated argument in the House of Assembly yesterday over whether the Christie administration's National Health Insurance scheme represents a paradigm shift for healthcare or if it will mirror what is already available under the public healthcare system.

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Universal health coverage - Full range of benefits/ Potential lowering of private health insurance costs
August 12, 2016
Universal health coverage - Full range of benefits/ Potential lowering of private health insurance costs

Eligible citizens and legal residents of The Bahamas will have access to a full range of benefits needed to restore and maintain optimum health under the proposed National Health Insurance Plan.

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Pierre Dupuch asks questions about National Health Insurance
August 15, 2016
Pierre Dupuch asks questions about National Health Insurance

Several nights ago I watched the House of Assembly on TV when Members debated the controversial National Health Bill. Health is an emotional, personal thing and the Members took full advantage of it.

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PM Christie: Government and Opposition must work together on National Health Insurance
August 16, 2016
PM Christie: Government and Opposition must work together on National Health Insurance

Prime Minister and Minister of Finance the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie said, on August 15, 2016, that the both sides of the Political Divide in the House of Assembly must devise a way together to introduce what is being done in the National Health Insurance initiative, transitioning hope for Bahamians with health problems, as well as the entire country.

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Excerpts from Hon. Dr. Hubert A. Minnis' contribution to the debate on National Health Insurance
August 18, 2016
Excerpts from Hon. Dr. Hubert A. Minnis' contribution to the debate on National Health Insurance

FNM Leader, Hon Dr. Hubert A. Minnis in his contribution to the debate on National Health Insurance in parliament on August 15th, 2016, insisted that the lack of a National Health Insurance plan is NOT what is causing deaths, but rather he suggested that it was over-crowded Emergency Rooms (causing patients to leave without being seen), not enough available beds for patient admission, wastage with...

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Request for proposal RFP management, administration and wellness services relating to public insurer under the National Health Insurance plan
August 26, 2016
Request for proposal (RFP) management, administration and wellness services relating to public insurer under the National Health Insurance plan

The Government of The Bahamas is seeking proposals from system vendors for the provision of management, administration and wellness ervices of a long term insurance company, carrying on long term insurance business, namely sickness of health insurance business that is wholly owned by the Government ("Public Insurer")

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August 31, 2016
Global tender for NHI, but details still sketchy

As the government issued a global tender yesterday for a company to run its public insurer for National Health Insurance (NHI), there remained uncertainty surrounding the timeline for NHI and whether the government will be able to constitute a public insurer and get stakeholders onboard within the next four months before its proposed January roll-out of primary care services under the universal he...

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August 30, 2016
BIPA seeks meeting with PM

As the jousting between the Medical Association of The Bahamas (MAB) and the Bahamas Independent Providers Association (BIPA) continues into a second week, MAB President Dr. Sy Pierre has questioned whether BIPA leader Dr. Conville Brown and his associates are seeking to use "special privilege" to bypass the National Health Insurance (NHI) Secretariat.

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September 01, 2016
Questions about National Health Insurance

Several nights ago I watched the House of Assembly on TV when members debated the controversial National Health Insurance Bill.

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August 02, 2016
I support PM Perry Christie

Dear Editor,
There has been much commentary regarding Prime Minister Perry Christie's decision to remain as leader of the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) and the validity of his statement that he was encouraged to do so by the younger members of his parliamentary caucus.
For the record, I support Prime Minister Perry Christie. I was one of the new generation leaders who approached him about remain...

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August 30, 2016
BIA: Questions over Insurance Act amendment

Reacting to the 10-day consultation period for proposed amendments to the Insurance Act, Bahamas Insurance Association (BIA) spokesperson and Regional Director of Generali Worldwide Tina Cambridge said there are still a lot of questions needing answers from the National Health Insurance Secretariat, the government's hired advisor KPMG and the Insurance Commission of The Bahamas (ICB).

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September 05, 2016
Defrauding National Health Insurance

It is nonsensical to discuss any modifications to the healthcare industry without addressing the existing and future opportunities for fraud.

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September 05, 2016
NIB confirms Hermanns' appointment

The National Insurance Board (NIB) has confirmed the appointment of Patricia Hermanns to the post of director of NIB with effect from September 1, 2016.

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July August historic months for the National Health Insurance NHI Bahamas programme
September 06, 2016
July & August historic months for the National Health Insurance (NHI) Bahamas programme

The months of July and August were historic months for the National Health Insurance (NHI) Bahamas programme, with the passing of the NHI legislation into law.

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September 12, 2016
Commentary by Elcott Coleby - This Week in The Bahamas (5-9 September, 2016)

The Government of The Bahamas is poised to invest almost $200 million dollars in the infrastructural expansion and improvement of the country’s hospitals beginning later this month.

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TheBahamasWeekly.com Returns as Sunshine Insurance Race Weekend SIRW Sponsor
September 19, 2016
TheBahamasWeekly.com Returns as Sunshine Insurance Race Weekend (SIRW) Sponsor

The hugely popular Bahamas news and events portal, which boasts an average of 1,000,000 page views per month, will help Race Weekend – which includes the Susan G. Komen Bahamas Race for the Cure® and Marathon Bahamas – to expand its global reach...

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October 05, 2016
Sunshine Insurance scholarship competition opens

Sunshine Insurance (Agents & Brokers) Ltd.'s 15th annual Elmira College essay competition is officially open.

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October 12, 2016
Sunshine Insurance tips for filing an insurance claim after the storm

To view consumer tips for filing a claim after the storm...

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October 13, 2016
BIA responds to concerns about deductibles

The Bahamas Insurance Association (BIA) has addressed public confusion about how insurance deductibles and the settlement of claims are made by local insurance companies.

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October 14, 2016
Bowe proposes captive insurance instrument for relief fund

Commenting on the hurricane relief bond announced by the prime minister recently, CFO of Fidelity Bank (Bahamas) Limited Gowan Bowe said the government should look into a different kind of hurricane relief instrument going forward. He put forward the idea of a catastrophe insurance captive, which he said would allow the government to self-insure itself against catastrophes.

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October 20, 2016
November goal to open after storm

The Smith's Point/Taino Beach area suffered severe beach and coastal erosion with the passage of Hurricane Matthew, but proprietors in the area are working diligently to restore the area and reopen for business by November.

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October 21, 2016
Bahamas Insurance Association Pays Courtesy Call on the Governor General

Bahamas Insurance Association (BIA) called upon Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling, Governor General, at Government House on Tuesday, October 18, 2016.

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October 21, 2016
Bahamas opts out of regional insurance facility

The Bahamas has opted out of the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF), and will instead put the $900,000 annual premium in the Disaster Relief Fund, beginning this year.

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