All Kenyans will be now subjected to a mandatory remittance to the National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) requiring them to pay Ksh500 monthly.
This is after the Members of the National Assembly on Tuesday, September 28, evening approved changes to the NHIF Act, making it a must for every Kenyan who has attained the age of 18 years to contribute to the fund.
In the new changes, all Kenyans above 18 years will be compelled to pay Ksh500 monthly, which translates to Ksh6,000 annually.
The Bill was sponsored by the national government under the Big Four Agenda on the Universal Health Coverage (UHC) Scheme for outpatient and inpatient services, including maternity, dialysis, cancer treatment and surgery.
The lawmakers rejected the National Assembly Committee on Health amendments that was seeking to have the national and county governments pay the contribution for the 5.1 percent poor households.
The unemployed youths will also be required to make a certain amount of contribution that will be determined by the NHIF board.
Those who earn less than Ksh12,000 will have their employers compelled to top the funds for NHIF.
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