June 13, 2024
Government Announces New Date For Mandatory Social Health Insurance Fund Registration.

Government Announces New Date For Mandatory Social Health Insurance Fund Registration.

Susan Nakhumicha, Cabinet Secretary for Health, announced on Monday that the government will launch a household registration drive for the Social Health Insurance Fund (SHIF), which will replace the National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF).

The exercise is slated to begin in May 2024, after being scheduled for January earlier in the year.

Speaking at a meeting to ease the handover of NHIF to the Social Health Authority (SHA), Nakhumicha noted that the registration procedure will take place concurrently with the provision of services by NHIF.

Furthermore, the government has maintained that the roll-out of the services by the new authority is scheduled for July 1, as previously communicated.

CS Nakhumicha underlined the government’s goal to have the Social Health Authority operating by July 1, 2024, with household registration beginning in May.

However, this is not the first time the government has pushed the registration deadlines for the new Authority.

Initially, the administration indicated that the exercise would begin in January but later changed the dates to March 2024.

Despite these announcements, the registration process did not begin, with the Ministry of Health insisting that it would be completed by June 30. 

During Monday’s meeting, CS Nakhumicha announced the start of the National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF) asset verification exercise.

The verification is intended to identify assets and liabilities owned by NHIF across its headquarters, branches, satellites, and other Huduma Centers prior to their transfer to the Social Health Authority (SHA).

She also emphasized the necessity of the verification process to ensure a smooth transition without jeopardizing service delivery.

However, the revised registration date announcement comes as Members of Parliament call for the registration to be stopped due to data safety concerns.

Government Announces New Date For Mandatory Social Health Insurance Fund Registration.

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