Mass registration to the Social Health Insurance Fund will begin on July 1

The government will implement mass registration of Kenyans into the Social Health Insurance Fund (SHIF) from July 1, 2024, according to a Cabinet dispatch.

The Ministry of Health will lead the mass registration exercise that will begin in all 47 counties and across all platforms.

During the meeting chaired by President William Ruto on Tuesday, Cabinet approved the framework for a complete transition from the National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF) to the Social Health Authority (SHA) from July 1, 2024.

The Cabinet urged all Kenyans to register under the new scheme “in our nation’s historic effort to bring Kenya into the league of nations with healthcare for all.”

“Kenyans can register by telephone, at public hospitals and also through the 100,000 community health promoters across the country,” the dispatch said.

SHIF aims to provide comprehensive healthcare to all Kenyans by expanding coverage and reducing costs.

SHIF marks an important step toward providing comprehensive health coverage for all residents. The new system aims to ensure equity and access to healthcare services by covering people who were previously excluded from the current healthcare fund.

The Social Health Insurance Law No. 16 of 2023 was approved on October 19, 2023 and came into force on November 22, 2023.

Establishes the Social Health Authority and a framework for managing social health insurance to give effect to article 43(1)(a) of the Constitution.

The Social Health Insurance (General) Regulations 2024 (“the Regulations”) will operationalize: the Social Health Insurance Fund (SHIF); the Primary Health Fund (PHF); Emergency, Chronic and Critical Illness Fund (ECCIF); registration of every person resident in Kenya as provided for in SHIFA; and the method of payment of contributions provided for in the SHIFA.