NHIF headquarters in Nairobi. PHOTO | RMS
NHIF headquarters in Nairobi. PHOTO | RMS

The National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) discriminate polygamous families claiming that they will not cater for extra spouses.

According to the reports, they have issued more rules regarding the scheme. The scheme rules out families with more than five children. 

" For National Scheme members, number of dependents per card to be limited to a maximum of one spouse and five children,” reads part of the memo dated January 7, 2020.

On late payment, the participant will incur a fine of 50% of the monthly contribution coupled with a requirement to pay for one year in advance. He or she will be restricted against claiming benefits for a period of 30 days.

" In case of default for 12 months and above, the affected member will start payment afresh and be eligible for benefits after 90 days from the date of resumption of payment in addition to a one year upfront payment, payable within the waiting period while observing due dates,” adds the notice.

" For medical inpatient and medical outpatient additional dependents shall be eligible for benefit after 30 days waiting period. This waiting period of 30 days will also apply in case of change of spouse,” adds NHIF.

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