In Summary

  • Health Cabinet Secretary Susan Nakhumicha and the newly established Social Health Authority has set a new regulation that all Kenyans will pay 2.75% to the social health scheme.
  • According to the regulations,employees will pay 2.75 % of gross salary to the kitty.According to the regulations,employees will pay 2.75 % of gross salary to the kitty.
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Health Cabinet Secretary Susan Nakhumicha and the newly established Social Health Authority has set a new regulation that all Kenyans will pay 2.75% to the social health scheme.

According to the regulations,employees will pay 2.75 % of gross salary to the kitty. Non-salaried Kenyans,on the other hand,will pay 2.75 % of their earnings to the medical kitty.

Under the regulations, there is no maximum capping on the amount to be paid to the kitty,but the least amount is Sh300. The tariff aligns with President William Ruto’s pronouncement made early this year.

Structurally,the regulation dictating the minimum contribution to the health cover is fixed under the Social Health Insurance Act, 2023.This is slightly lower than the Sh500 that was being paid to the National Insurance Health Fund (NHIF).

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New regulations

According to the Ministry of Health, signing the Universal Health Coverage Acts, the CS, in consultation with the Social Health Authority board,was to come up with regulations to oversee the implementation of the Social Health Insurance Act,2023.

The regulations,dubbed the Social Health Insurance (General) Regulations, 2023, have been finalized.

On Monday,the Ministry issued a public notice calling for comments and announcing the commencement of the public participation process on the new regulation.

However,as the Ministry prepared to start the public participation process,Justice Chacha Mwita granted orders halting the implementation of the Acts.

The Acts contain the Primary Health care Act,the Social Health Insurance Act and the Emergency,Chronic and Critical Illness Fund.

The case had been filed at the High Court by Joseph Enock Aura on grounds that it was illegal for the government to deny Kenyans services if one was not a member of the medical kitty.

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