The Lagos State Health Scheme (LSHS) was established by the Lagos state Health Scheme (LSHS) law No 4 of May 2015 to ensure that all residents of the state have access to healthcare services at affordable rates, thereby protecting families from the financial hardship of huge medical bills.

Membership of the scheme is compulsory for all residents employed in the public and private sectors as well as the self-employed, those in the informal sector and the unemployed. All residents are to possess a health plan and they must provide evidence of being registered on the LSHS.

The Lagos State Health Management Agency (LASHMA) was also established by the (LSHS) Law to promote, regulate, supervise, monitor and ensure the effective administration of the Lagos State Health Scheme(LSHS).

Regulatory Responsibilities of LASHMA includes
  1. The issuance of appropriate regulations& guidelines for the effective management& viability of the scheme.
  2. The registration & licensing of NHIS accredited Health maintenance organizations (HMOs) and HEFAMAA accredited Healthcare Providers (HCPs) that intend to participate in the LSHS.
  3. The Agency is to register all employers (public & private) and issue them with a corporate identification Number (CIN) with which they shall procure health Plans for their employees from the HMO of their choice.
  4. The Agency is to carry out public awareness campaigns to educate members of the scheme as well as their roles& responsibilities in ensuring compliance with the LSHS law especially as it concerns registration on the scheme.
  5. The Agency is to ensure customer satisfaction on the LSHS through the provision of prompt and efficient services by HMOs &HCPs to enrollees at all times. Complaints of services failures as well as impropriety by HMOs & HCPs are to be investigated and dealt with by the Agency and a dedicated line, 0800ASKLASHMA (0800275527462) has been set up for this purpose.