The government's health plan will cover all Kenyans

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Following the National Assembly's approval of the NHIF (Amendment) Bill No. 21 of 2021, Kenyan households would be required to make a monthly Ksh 500 ($5) contribution to the National Hospital Insurance Fund.

Majority Leader Amos Kimunya's bill proposes that all people above 18 be required to contribute to the national health insurance fund.

The bill brings all Kenyans on board, from employed to unemployed, to achieve the NHIF bill's universal health coverage program.

Following the passing of the bill, employers will be required to make an equal contribution to the fund for their employees.

Employers who fail to remit to the fund or deduct the required amount from their employees' salary would be subject to severe penalties.

According to the new changes, employers whose employees are liable as contributions to the fund would also be contributors.

Employees will not have to pay multiple subscriptions as a result of the adjustments. An employer must match their employee's contribution and is not permitted to deduct it from the employee's income or benefits.

The bill proposes establishing empanelled healthcare providers, with the health cabinet secretary and the national hospital insurance fund management board establishing criteria for empanelment and contracting healthcare providers

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