Health CS Susan Nakhumicha promises to slash NHIF rates to Ksh300

Written by on 7 August 2023

The Cabinet Secretary for Health Susan Nakhumicha has promised that the government will review National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) rates from Ksh500 to Ksh300.

Speaking in Bungoma County over the weekend, the CS also announced that Ksh4.1 billion has been allocated in this year’s financial budget to support the Linda Mama program, a free maternity program.

“Soon, two months from now, we are going to reduce NHIF rates from Ksh500 to Ksh300. In the current Financial year (2023/2024), in the Linda Mama programme, we have pumped in Ksh4.1 billion. Linda mama will cater for your clinic visits before you give birth. The programme will also cater for your bills when giving birth and it will also pay for you four clinics after giving birth,” Nakhumicha said.

“When I joined the Ministry of Health, I found a huge mess. I immediately moved in to clean the rot at KEMSA and things are back in good order there. I am also streamlining NHIF and soon the Fund will have a new CEO.” 

Current NHIF rates

Currently, Kenyans earning up to Ksh5,999 are required to pay Ksh150 while those earning between Ksh6,000 and Ksh7,999 are supposed to pay Ksh300.

Kenyans earning between Ksh8,000 and Ksh11,999 pay Ksh400 while those earning between Ksh12,000 and Ksh14,999 are required to pay Ksh500.

Those earning between Ksh15,000 and Ksh19,999 are required by law to pay Ksh600 while Kenyans earning between Ksh20,000 and Ksh24,999 pay Ksh750 per month.

Kenyans earning over Ksh40,000 pay between Ksh1,000 and Ksh1,700 in monthly premiums to NHIF.

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