NHIF tar­gets 12m in in­for­mal sec­tor

Only 2.5 mil­lion are on board, says Mwangi

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Eastern - KIRIMI MURITHI @Mu­rithik

The NHIF is tar­get­ing 12 mil­lion Kenyans in the in­for­mal sec­tor.

CEO Ge­of­frey Mwangi said the fund is com­mit­ted to of­fer bet­ter health in­sur­ance to Kenyans. “We have been go­ing round the coun­try to con­duct in­for­mal sec­tor res­i­dents’ regis­tra­tion. There are 12 mil­lion peo­ple in the in­for­mal sec­tor and only 2.5 mil­lion are on board,” he said.

Mwangi spoke in Ti­mau, Meru county, dur­ing the Supa Cover in­for­mal sec­tor mar­ket­ing cam­paign.

He said the cam­paign has been go­ing on for five months.

Mwangi said they have rolled out more health ben­e­fits that have been re­ceived well by Kenyans.

The lat­est is the sur­gi­cal pack­age in which mi­nor surg­eries will be cov­ered for up to Sh80,000 for level three and four hospi­tals. Ma­jor surg­eries in level five and six hospi­tals will be cov­ered for up to Sh130,000, while the fund will pay up to Sh500,000 for spe­cialised surg­eries .

The new ben­e­fits were in­tro­duced by NHIF in Au­gust.

Dur­ing the launch, fund’s board chaired by Mo­hamud Ali said such pay­outs will need to be ap­proved first be­fore a mem­ber goes for the op­er­a­tion. “This will deal with ma­jor, mi­nor and spe­cialised surg­eries in­clud­ing cancer surg­eries,” Ali said.

Mwangi also said they have also with­drawn the ac­cred­i­ta­tion fees that was be­ing charged on health providers seek­ing regis­tra­tion. Faith-based fa­cil­i­ties were be­ing charged Sh50,000, while pri­vate were be­ing charged Sh100,000. “Our cover is not dis­crim­i­na­tory and there will be a sub­sidy from the govern­ment for the poor, el­derly, or­phans and the less-priv­i­leged, through a spe­cial cover from the govern­ment,” he said.


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