The Ministry of Health has confirmed that the National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF) remains operational and accessible to the public while preparations are underway for the rollout of the Social Health Insurance Fund (SHIF).

Public Health PS Mary Muthoni emphasized the significance of the transition, highlighting its benefits for ordinary Kenyans seeking improved healthcare access. She urged patience during the implementation phase, noting, “The SHIF scheme will revolutionize healthcare access, ensuring inclusivity and non-discrimination in healthcare services, reaching every Kenyan, regardless of their economic status.”

Following President William Ruto’s signing of key health Bills, the shift towards SHIF signals a proactive approach towards universal healthcare coverage. President Ruto affirmed that existing NHIF members will need to re-register to leverage the enhanced benefits of the new healthcare model, emphasizing equitable access to quality medical services for all.

The upcoming nationwide registration, overseen by Health Cabinet Secretary Susan Nakhumicha, underscores the government’s commitment to ensuring no individual is excluded from the revamped healthcare system. President Ruto reiterated the administration’s dedication to implementing universal health coverage, promising a seamless registration process to facilitate comprehensive medical care access for all Kenyans.